Below are upcoming events, deadlines and announcements from the State Bar, Court system, and other organizations and groups involved with the legal community. To have an announcement or event added, email

Employee Assistance Program: Managing Stress Tool for Members

The Solutions Group, the State Bar's free Employee Assistance Program, announces a new platform for managing stress. My Stress Tools is an online suite of stress management and resilience-building resources which includes: training videos, relaxation music, meditation, stress tests, a journaling feature and much more. My Stress Tools helps you understand the root causes of your stress and gives you the help you need to dramatically reduce your stress and build your resilience. Your Employee Assistance Program is available to help you, 24/7. Call at 866-254-3555.

Intellectual Property Pro Bono Fair

The Intellectual Property Law Section seeks volunteer attorneys for our second Pro Bono IP Fair Nov. 2 at the UNM School of Law.  Many creatives and inventors in our community need our help to get their journey started. The Fair will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., but you need not commit to that entire time. Attorneys will provide free consultations (limited to the time spent at the Fair) in all areas of IP law and/or business law. Visit the IP Section website for more information!

Nominations for Solo and Small Firm Leadership

Solo and Small is BIG news! The Solo and Small Firm Section has open positions for Section leadership roles, including membership on the board of directors and committees for the 2020 term. We are looking for candidates from across New Mexico with diverse experiences, backgrounds, and geography. Whether you a new solo or a seasoned pro in the small firm world, we’d love to get to know you. Board commitment is one meeting monthly plus membership in a committee. Committee work depends on the purpose of each committee but expect both slow and busy times. Plans for 2020 committees are in the works now, so your input is critical. To express interest, contact Deian McBryde, Chair-Elect, at 505-465-9086 or email

NREEL Section Nominations Open for 2019 Lawyer of the Year Award

The Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law Section will recognize an NREEL Lawyer of the Year during its annual meeting of membership, which will be held in conjunction with the Section’s CLE on Dec. 20. The award will recognize an attorney who, within his or her practice and location, is the model of a New Mexico natural resources, energy or environmental lawyer. Award criteria and nomination instructions are available at Nominations are due by Friday, Nov. 15 to Member Services at

Solo and Small Firm Section 2019 Annual Meeting 

The Solo and Small Firm Section will host their Annual Meeting on Dec. 16 at 4 p.m. Section members are invited to attend the annual meeting to hear what the section has done in 2019 and the exciting plans for 2020. Refreshments and appetizers will be provided. The meeting will be preceded by a CLE co-sponsored by the section that will run from 3 – 4 p.m. Members can attend in person, attend the CLE and then and stay on via webcast, or call-in via teleconference. To R.S.V.P. for the meeting, please email Member Services at

Solo and Small Firm Section November Luncheon

Sonya Chavez, the first female to be appointed Chief United States Marshal, is the featured speaker for the Nov. 12 luncheon at the State Bar Center at noon. Marshal Chavez earned her M.A. from UNM and began her career as television anchor and spokesperson for the Bruce King gubernatorial administration before joining the FBI where she committed 22 years as a Special Agent in Chicago and Albuquerque. She will discuss many challenges that face the Marshal's Service, from violent crime to border enforcement, and also moderate an open discussion of issues with all attendees. The luncheon is open to all members of the bar. Please R.S.V.P. to Member Services at by Nov. 8.

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