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2023 Annual Meeting Breakout Track - Featured Sections

Featured Sections Track

Several of our practice sections, the Indian Law Section, Employment and Labor Law Section and the Paralegal Division, have coordinated sessions relevant to their practice areas.

The Indian Law section of the State Bar of New Mexico focuses on legal issues affecting Native American communities and individuals, specifically involving advocating for Indian tribes and their members, negotiating with federal and state governments, protecting tribal sovereignty and self-determination, preserving cultural and religious traditions, ensuring access to justice for Native American individuals and communities, promoting economic development, and addressing issues related to natural resources and the environment.

The Employment and Labor Law section of the State Bar of New Mexico focuses on providing resources and support to legal professionals who practice in the areas of employment and labor law, including representing clients in disputes involving labor and employment issues, such as discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, and wage and hour violations.

The Paralegal Division of the State Bar of New Mexico focuses on supporting and promoting the professional development of paralegals in the state. This division provides a platform for paralegals to connect, collaborate, and network with each other and with legal professionals.

Thursday, July 27, 2023

3 p.m.

Indian Law 101 (1.0 G)

Prof. Vanessa Racehorse, UNM School of Law

An overview explaining the recognition of tribal sovereignty and general guide of foundational Jucases that create the Indian law framework and federal policy. Key points to be discussed are federal, state, and tribal jurisdiction, property rights, gaming, natural resources, economic development and taxation.


Friday, July 28, 2023

10:45 a.m.

Update from the Supreme Court on Overtime Compensation Issues (1.0 G)

Alana M. DeYoung, New Mexico Gas Company, Inc. and Eric D. Dixon, Eric D. Dixon Attorney and Counselor at Law PA 

When is a highly paid employee entitled to overtime compensation under the Fair Labor Standards Act? The U.S. Supreme Court weighs in: a review of Helix Energy Solutions v. Hewitt and evolving FLSA overtime compensation issues.


3:30 p.m. 

The Effective (and Ethical) Use of Paralegals (1.0 EP)

Jennifer Burrill, New Mexico Law Offices of the Public Defender; Judge Benjamin S. Cross, Ninth Judicial District Court; Vanessa Martinez, Paralegal, Duran & McDonald; Linda Sanders, State Bar of New Mexico Paralegal Division, Hurley Toevs Styles Hamblin & Panter PA; Aaron Wolf, Cuddy & McCarthy; and Isabella Zayani, New Mexico Legal Aid, Inc., Pro Bono Attorney Program

This will be a panel discussion including paralegals, attorneys and judges on what paralegals can/cannot do and how to optimize the skills of paralegals to the benefit of the court, attorney, and client.

No materials provided.

Saturday, July 29, 2023

9:45 a.m. 

Practice in Tribal Courts:  Pointers on Actions in Indian Country (1.0 G)

Judge Bruce Fox, New Mexico 2nd Judicial District Court Judge

The presentation will be primarily about practicing in in the tribal and pueblo courts in New Mexico, and the various types of civil and criminal cases that may involve.  A general background of Indian Law cases and laws will be covered, along with recent Supreme Court decisions that may impact local practice.