About the State Bar of New Mexico

The State Bar of New Mexico is a professional membership organization of attorneys licensed to practice law in New Mexico. The organization was established in 1886 and is currently a 501(c)(6) corporation. The mission of the State Bar is to be a united and inclusive organization serving the legal profession and the public.


The State Bar is governed by a volunteer Board of Bar Commissioners, all of whom are licensed attorneys elected by their peers from designated bar commissioner districts throughout New Mexico. Gerald G. Dixon is the State Bar President for 2019.

The State Bar’s Executive Team and staff help to execute member projects and goals.


Gerald G. Dixon is a shareholder at Dixon Scholl Carrillo P.A. He practices in the areas of professional malpractice defense, commercial and construction litigation. He is a frequent speaker on professional liability and risk  management issues. Dixon was admitted to the Colorado Bar Association in 1981 and the State Bar of New Mexico in 1986. He is a member of the Albuquerque Bar Association (President, 1994). Dixon attended Texas Tech University (BBA 1977, J.D. 1981). He has participated in the New Mexico high school mock trial program as a coach or judge since 1988 and has served as a trustee for the Texas Tech School of Law Foundation since 2005. Dixon received the Distinguished Service Award from Texas Tech School of Law in 2015. He provides pro bono services through Christian Legal Aid. Dixon was recognized by Best Lawyers each year since 2009 and  as 2014 and 2016 Lawyer of the Year in the area of professional malpractice. He was named Outstanding Attorney by the Albuquerque Bar Association in 2014. Dixon represents the First Bar Commissioner District.

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What We Do

Learn more about what the State Bar of New Mexico offers to its members and the public .

New Mexico State Bar Foundation

The public service and educational arm of the State Bar is the New Mexico State Bar Foundation which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation established in 1991. Learn how the Bar Foundation assists the public and the services it provides. Contact Stephanie Wagner, swagner@nmbar.org, to make a donation that will contribute to the continuation of important services.

Center for Legal Education

The Bar Foundation houses the State Bar’s continuing legal education course provider: the Center for Legal Education. Member dues do not subsidize CLE operations. Find a program in our one-stop shop for affordable and convenient courses including live and self-study.