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Breakout Track - Equity in Justice & Well-Being

Equity in Justice/Well-Being Track

Fairness, respect and equal access to justice within the legal community in essential for a just society. By embracing these principles, legal professionals can improve its ability to serve a diverse population and foster greater trust and confidence in the legal system. This, in turn, can lead to better outcomes for all individuals who encounter the justice system.

Well-being is essential for legal professionals because of the high levels of stress and pressure associated with the legal profession. Lawyers and other legal professionals often work long hours, face intense deadlines, and deal with emotionally charged cases. This can lead to burnout, depression and other mental health issues. By prioritizing their own well-being, legal professionals can better manage stress, improve their job satisfaction, and provide better support to their clients. Additionally, prioritizing well-being can help reduce turnover and improve the overall functioning of law firms and legal organizations.

#FreeTheHairNM: Updated Race Discrimination Laws (1.0 G)

Aja N. Brooks, US Attorneys Office, District of New Mexico, and Torri A. Jacobus, New Mexico Supreme Court Commission on Equity and Justice

This CLE provides attendees with a general knowledge of historical and current race related discrimination through the regulation of hair textures and styles commonly associated with race and culture. Additionally, presenters will discuss the ramifications of the new CROWN ACT inspired amendments to the NM Human Rights Act that include hair textures, styles, and cultural headdresses within the definition of race.

No materials provided.

Post Roe v Wade: Dobbs (1.0 G)

Michelle S. Garcia, New Mexico Legal Aid, Inc.; Laura E. Horton, Leigh & Dougherty PC, and Ellie J. Rushforth, ACLU New Mexico; Erin Marshall, Erin Marshall Law LLC
A discussion on reproductive health and justice, current legal protections and rights, myths, and anti-abortion activism, Dobbs and broader implications in the LGBTQ+ space.
No materials provided.

Higher Frequency Communication: Breaking through the Noise in the Courtroom and in Life (1.0 EP)

Tyson E. Logan, The Spence Law Firm NM LLC

No materials provided.

LGBTQ+ Litigants (1.0 G)

Gina N. Dennis, Derek V. Garcia, and Michelle S. Garcia, New Mexico Legal Aid, Inc.

The New Mexico LGBTQ+ Bar Association, including Board President Gina Dennis, Board Treasurer Derek Garcia, and Member (immediate Past President) Michelle Garcia will present on (1) various strategies to protect LGBTQ+ litigants, including holistic advocacy, case management, and ethics, (2) the New Mexico Human Rights Act, including interpretations, the administrative law process, and litigation process, and (3) advocacy for transgender litigants, including health privacy protections, the navigation of bias, and discrimination litigation. This presentation will also provide background information on the New Mexico LGBTQ+ Bar Association and the New Mexico Legal Aid, Inc. Safe To Be You (Safe2BU) project.


Unlock Your Untapped Potential with Coaching – Experiential Exercises (1.0 EP)

Pamela Moore, LPCC, Professional Programs Group, State Bar of New Mexico, and Judith Gordon
Capitalize on obtaining a competitive advantage by experiencing a taste of coaching! Join us for this interactive breakout session where you will be guided through short coaching exercises that will have immediate application to your personal and professional life.  Through these short exercises, you will begin to understand through “doing” why coaching is such a powerful tool.