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Public Law Section


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About the Public Law Section

The State Bar of New Mexico Public Law Section is an organization whose members are interested in issues concerning the representation of, or the appearance before, governmental entities and public officials. Our purposes are to provide a forum for the discussion of public law issues and to advance the professional interests and competency of attorneys who represent, or appear before, governmental entities and public officials.

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Want to join the Public Law Section? You have two ways of doing so!

  1. Still need pay your licensing fees? Simply check the Public Law Section when completing your Licensing and Renewal forms. Join as many sections as you’d like while you are there!
  2.  Already paid your dues for the year? Login to your Member Dashboard (see top of screen). Navigate to ‘My Groups’ and click ‘Join Section/Voluntary Bars’. Select Public Law Section and to pay the dues and join. You can join any section or voluntary bar at any time.

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Board Meetings

The Board of Directors of the Public Law Section meets monthly on the third Wednesday of the month. For further information on the next Board meeting, email the Section Chair, Ken Swain, at

The Section During COVID19

Dear Public Law Section Membership and Public Interest Lawyers:

The mission of the Public Law Section of the State Bar is to provide a forum for the discussion of problems of common interest to attorneys representing governmental entities and pubic officials, and to advance the professional interests and competency of our members. During these unprecedented times it is even more crucial that public interest attorneys understand the law surrounding their profession and serve as reliable sources of information to their clients and the public at large.

In the interest of better informing our members and other attorneys, the Public Law Section Board of Directors has compiled relevant information to share on its webpage. Our hope is that this page will continue to be updated as necessary so long as this public health emergency affects our daily lives and the laws that govern them. The Public Law Section seeks any additional feedback or suggestions on how our organization may be utilized to assist public lawyers and help during this global pandemic. If you have any questions, requests for help, or would like to share additional resources with the Public Law Section you may contact any officer or member of the board of directors.

Thank you for your service as a public lawyer and please stay safe.