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2023 Annual Meeting Plenaries

Thursday, July 27

1:15 -2:45 p.m.

The Rules Have Changed - Legal Tech Security Measures Every Law Office Should Take (1.5 EP)

Barron K. Henley, Affinity Consulting

Rule 16-106 stipulates that a lawyer must make reasonable efforts to prevent the disclosure of confidential client information.  The comments to Rule 16-106 require lawyers to act competently to safeguard client information and use reasonable safety precautions when transmitting a client communication. The exact meanings of "reasonable efforts," "act competently" and "reasonable precautions" may be subject to debate.  However, doing nothing certainly won't meet the standard.  The good news is that you don't have to be a security expert or techie to protect yourself and your office. Learn how to cover all the bases of computer, smartphone, tablet, email, wireless and document encryption.  We'll also cover the fundamentals of backing up your electronic data.  Half of the battle is simply knowing what questions to ask and it's not nearly as complicated as it sounds.  Establish best practices in your office and discover the inexpensive or free tools that will make sure your confidential information remains confidential.

No materials provided.

4:15 - 5:15 p.m.

Fluff is for Pillows, Not Legal Writing (1.0 G)

Stuart I. Teicher

Lawyers have been passing down bad writing habits from generation to generation. In this program, the “CLE Performer” Stuart Teicher, Esq. teaches a new, more concise way of persuasive legal writing — a paradigm he calls the “Surgical Strike.”  Stuart explains how lawyers can make their writings clear, concise, and direct by using Plain English.

No materials provided.

Friday, July 28

9 – 10:30 a.m.

Dangerous Leaders (1.5 G)

Anthony C. Thompson, Professor of Clinical Law Emeritus, New York University School of Law and Faculty Director Emeritus, The Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law, New York University School of Law

Prof. Thompson proposes a fundamental rethinking of legal education, based upon intersectional leadership, to prepare lawyers to assume the types of roles that our increasingly fast-paced world requires. Intersectional leadership challenges lawyer leaders to see the world through a different lens and expects a form of inclusion and respect for other perspectives and experiences that will prove critical to maneuvering in a complex environment.

No materials provided.

1 – 2 p.m.

Reciprocity and UBE Score Transfer: Nine Years Later (1.0 G)

Hon. Henry A. Alaniz (ret.), Dylan O’Reilly, Mateo S. Page, and Camille A. Pedrick, New Mexico Board of Bar Examiners and Anne L. Taylor, New Mexico Disciplinary Board

In 2014, New Mexico began a method of attorney licensure based on reciprocity.  That program has evolved and now includes thirty-eight states and territories.  Licensure by UBE score transfer began in 2015 and is now the most common mechanism to gain licensure in New Mexico.  This presentation will include information on the numbers of attorneys who are licensed through non-traditional means (i.e. reciprocity and UBE score transfer), how those attorneys work within the New Mexico legal community, and whether those groups have significantly higher issues involving character and fitness or discipline


Saturday July 29

8:30 - 10 a.m.

Unlock Your Untapped Potential with Coaching - Overview (1.5 EP)

Judith Gordon, UCLA School of Law and Pamela Moore, LPCC, State Bar of New Mexico, Professional Programs Group

Professional coaching offers a wide range of benefits from optimizing performance, alleviating overwhelm, managing stress and honing mental acuity, to building a meaningful and lucrative practice, creating competitive advantages, and becoming a better leader. Coaching builds on an individual attorney's inherent strengths and can often identify and disarm potential blocks to professional advancement. Join us for this dynamic session that will provide an overview of coaching, demonstrate some of the many powerful benefits, and draw on actual experiences of other professions and attorneys who've participated in coaching engagements.


11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Why BOTher Writing: Lawyer and Judicial Ethics of Using Bot Technology (1.0 EP)

Sonia Gipson-Rankin, UNM School of Law; William D. Slease, State Bar of New Mexico, Professional Development Program and Justice David K. Thomson, New Mexico Supreme Court

Writing bots, artificially intelligent solutions that can write original content, are developing at an accelerated pace, producing high quality material. This presentation reflects on the ethical concerns lawyers and judges should consider with such content.