The Basics of Trust Accounting: Complying with the Disciplinary Board Rule 17-204 Attend in person at the State Bar Center or by Webcast! Effective Dec. 31, 2016, the New Mexico Supreme Court adopted modifications to Rule 17-204 NMRA, which is the rule pertaining to attorney trust accounts. Among other things, the rule requires that once every three years, all licensed NM attorneys, with very limited exceptions as set forth in the Rule, take a one-hour trust accounting course approved by the New Mexico Disciplinary Board. Currently, the State Bar of New Mexico Center for Legal Education is the only approved course provider. For more information, lawyers should carefully read Rule 17-204 NMRA. Six sessions are already scheduled through the end of the year with more to come. Find the session that works with your schedule.
State Bar News, Events and Deadlines
Balancing the Scales Documentary Screening The Committee on Women and the Legal Profession and the Women's Law Caucus invite all members to lunch over a special viewing of Balancing the Scales which delves into the challenges women lawyers have faced historically and still face today, including the additional hurdles faced by women lawyers of color. Attend at noon, Sept. 27, at the UNM School of Law. R.S.V.P. to Quiana Salazar-King.
Paralegal Division Presents Half-Day Mixed Bag CLE Join the Paralegal Division from 9 a.m.-noon, Sept. 23, at the State Bar Center for a CLE (3.0 G). Topics include Pre-Adjudication Animal Welfare Court, third party sexual harassment and the attorney/paralegal relationship. Not just for paralegals! Contact Christina Babcock.
Solo and Small Firm Section Reschedules Joel Jacobsen Presentation Joel Jacobsen, Journal Business Outlook columnist and retired assistant attorney general, will present on current legal-business topics in New Mexico and (inter)nationally on Sept. 19 at the Solo and Small Firm Section's luncheon presentation from noon-1 p.m. Note the change in date of Jacobsen's presentation. Contact Breanna Henley to R.S.V.P.
Solo Law Practice Bootcamp from Entrepreneurs in Community Lawyering ECL, the State Bar's legal incubator program, invites current or prospective solo practitioners to attend the Fall Incubator Boot Camp, Oct. 17-20. It provides a condensed and intense introduction to the basics of setting up and managing a solo law practice. The cost is $150. Only 10 spots are available. Learn more.
Around the New Mexico Legal Community
'The Fate of Environmental Law During the Trump Administration' Professor David Uhlmann will discuss current challenges to environmental regulations and how a broad-based bipartisan social movement can protect our environment from 5:15-6:30p.m., Sept. 20, at the UNM School of Law. The CLE qualifies for 1.25 general CLE credits and is free. For more information, contact Laura Burns at 505-277-3253.