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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.

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State Bar of New Mexico Staff Directory


The State Bar is governed by a 23-member Board of Bar Commissioners (BBC). The makeup of the BBC consists of 19 Commissioners elected by the membership representing New Mexico’s judicial districts; 1 Commissioner representing out-of-state members; 1 representative from the Senior Lawyers Division; 1 representative from the Young Lawyers Division; and 1 representative from the Paralegal Division. More about the New Mexico State Bar Foundation leadership can be found below.

Meet the State Bar Senior Staff    Meet the Board of Bar Commissioners

Functions of the State Bar

  • Voluntary leadership groups: Commissions
  • Minimum Continuing Legal Education Compliance
  • Pro Hac Vice
  • Bridge the Gap Mentorship Program
  • Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTA)
  • Voluntary Leadership Groups: Commissions, Standing Committees, Divisions, and Practice Sections
  • Professional Development
  • Awards and Recognition
  • Practice Management
  • Publications and Resources
  • Student Education Programs
  • Legal Clinics
  • Access to Justice Fund Grant Oversight

The New Mexico State Bar Foundation

The New Mexico State Bar Foundation is the charitable arm of the State Bar of New Mexico, operating as a 501(c)(3) organization, representing the legal community’s commitment to serving the people of New Mexico and the profession. The goals of the Foundation are to enhance access to legal services for underserved populations; promote innovation in the delivery of legal services; and provide legal education to members and the public. Foundation programming is self-sufficient and does not rely on member dues revenue. Functions of the Bar Foundation

The Center for Legal Education (CLE) is a non-profit New Mexico accredited CLE course provider dedicated to providing high quality, affordable educational programs to the legal community. CLE offers a full range of educational services including live seminars, live webcasts, live replays, national series teleseminars and online self-study videos.

Consider donating to the New Mexico State Bar Foundation to support our services. You can choose to donate to the general fund which funds the Access to Justice Grant or to specific programming you find valuable.

  • FREE Referral Services and Legal Helplines
  • Legal Workshops
  • Civil Legal Services Funding