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Season 2 (2021)

2.1 Hear All About It: 2020 Reflections and 2021 Plans with Chief Justice Vigil

We are honored to have Chief Justice Vigil open our 2021 podcast season! Tune in to hear his reflections on how 2020 impacted the court system, what the judicial branch accomplished throughout the pandemic, and how he sees the future of the practice as a result.

Presented by: Chief Justice Michael Vigil, New Mexico Supreme Court and Allison Block-Chavez, Aldridge Hammar & Wexler PA


2.2 Personal Inventory: Get Out and Move!

Norman Gagne and Dr. Anthony Fleg discuss the importance of exercise on the body and brain, and how even a walk around the neighborhood can have lasting effects on our overall mental, emotional and physical health. Study after study proves that regular movement and physical activity prolong life and decrease dis-ease in the body. Dr. Fleg highlights the needs and benefits of exercise regardless of age, sex, or physical ability and both individuals give many ways to add movement into your daily life.

Presented by: Dr. Anthony Fleg, UNM Dept. of Family/Community Medicine and College of Population Health and Norman Gagne, Butt Thornton & Baehr PC


2.3 Hear All About It: Family Law Court with Judge Jane Levy

We are honored to have Judge Jane C. Levy from the Second Judicial District Court! Tune in to hear about the impact of COVID on Family Court, learn more about the role of Hearing Officers and the Court in family law cases, and get some great tips on how to prepare your case for Court, during the pandemic, and when we're on the other side!

Presented by: Judge Jane Levy, Second Judicial Court and Lauren Riley, Batley Family Law PA


2.4 Hear All About It: Recreational Cannabis in New Mexico 

Please join the Cannabis Law Section's Chair Carlos N. Martinez as he talks with Executive Director Ben Lewinger of the New Mexico Cannabis Chamber of Commerce and Brett Phelps of the Cannabis Law Section to discuss New Mexico's newly enacted recreational cannabis legislation! Our guests will discuss the potential impacts on New Mexico's economy, its timeline for implementation, and much more! Don't miss out as New Mexico becomes the 18th state to legalize recreational cannabis use!

Presented by: Carlos Martinez, Legal Solutions of New Mexico, LLC. and Cannabis Law Section Chair; Brett Phelps, Aragon Law Office; Ben Lewinger, New Mexico Cannabis Chamber of Commerce


2.5 Hear All About It: Family Law Court with Judge Sylvia LaMar

We are honored to have Judge Sylvia LaMar from the First Judicial District Court! Tune in to hear about the most common in cases at the First Judicial court, custody issues in a pandemic, and even learn a bit about the judge herself!

Presented by: Judge Sylvia LaMar, First Judicial Court and Amber Macias Mayo, Walther Bennett Mayo Honeycutt P.C.


2.6 Let’s Talk About Avoiding Professional Heartburn

In for a penny, in for a pound as they say! Tune in to hear from our Lawyers Professional Liability Committee members as they discuss common mistakes lawyers make, malpractice carrier concerns, red flags with clients, and much more. A great listen for new and established attorneys alike!

Presented by: William Slease, State Bar of New Mexico; Jeannie Hunt, Brant & Hunt Attorneys, and Benjamin Davis, Davis Kelin Law Firm LLC


2.7: Meet and Greet Judge Baca-Miller and Judge Fox with the NMCDLA

Tune in for a two-part episode series featuring four of the new Second Judicial Criminal Court judges. Learn a little bit about their history before taking the bench, what court projects they are involved in, and their insights on the importance of the judiciary. First up, we have Judge Baca-Miller and Judge Fox!

Presented by: Chris Dodd, Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg Urias & Ward PA; Judge Britt M. Baca-Miller and Judge Bruce Fox, Second Judicial Criminal Court


2.8 Meet and Greet Judge Montano and Judge Wernersbach with the NMCDLA

Tune in for a two-part episode series featuring four of the new Second Judicial Criminal Court judges. Learn a little bit about their history before taking the bench, what court projects they are involved in, and their insights on the importance of the judiciary. We wrap up with Judge Montano and Judge Wernersbach!

Presented by: Roberta Yurcic, Roberta Yurcic Legal Services, LLC; Judge Joseph Montano, Judge Jennifer J. Wernersbach, Second Judicial Criminal Court


Season 1 (2020)

1.1 Personal Inventory: COVID – A Forced Life Transition For Some

For this first personal inventory podcast, we will be discussing if and how COVDI9 has impacted the professional and/or personal identity of attorneys, judges, and other legal professionals.  Specifically we will be discussing life transitions due to COVID19. Many of us, if not all, have had to change the way we function in our day to day lives recently.  Some of us are grieving the loss of the way life was, what we deemed “normal”. Others may be grieving the loss of a loved one, a business, a relationship, or a personal or professional role before the pandemic hit. Tune in to hear if and how COVID19 has impacted a few of our Bar members and what changes they have noticed.

Presented by: Pamela Moore and Tenessa Eakins, State Bar of New Mexico Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program; Morgan Pettit (moderator), State Bar of New Mexico Member Services Coordinator 


1.2  Part 1 Tools of the Trade with Young Lawyers Division: What I Wish I Knew with Ernestina Cruz

The Young Lawyers Division will interview previous YLD chairs who are now established in their practice. Past chairs will share the experiences they had as a young lawyer and what insights they'd like to pass on to the new generation. The YLD was honored to chat with current State Bar President and 2011 YLD Chair, Ernestina (Tina) Cruz. Part 1 will dive into day-to-day relationships and everyone’s favorite topic, money.

Presented by: Ernestina R. Cruz, Cruz Law Office LLC and State Bar President; Allison Block-Chavez, Aldridge Hammar & Wexler PA and YLD Chair


1.2 Part 2 Tools of the Trade with Young Lawyers Division: What I Wish I Knew with Ernestina Cruz

We're back with the Young Lawyers Division interviewing a previous YLD chair! Past chairs will share the experiences they had as a young lawyer and what insights they'd like to pass on to the new generation. The YLD was honored to chat with current State Bar President and 2011 YLD Chair, Ernestina (Tina) Cruz. Part 2 will dive into work-life balance and personal and professional growth.

Presenters: Ernestina R. Cruz, Cruz Law Office LLC and State Bar President; Allison Block-Chavez, Aldridge Hammar & Wexler PA and YLD Chair


1.3 Tools of the Trade with Young Lawyers Division: What I Wish I Knew with Tomas Garcia

The Young Lawyers Division continues its sub-series of "What I Wish I Knew" with Tomas Garcia, YLD 2017 Chair. Listen in as Garcia shares his experience as a young lawyer clerking for Justice Charles Daniels (deceased) and what he has learned with his time at the Modrall Sperling Law Firm.

Presented by: Tomas J. Garcia, Modrall Sperling Roehl Harris & Sisk PA; Allison Block-Chavez, Aldridge Hammar & Wexler PA and YLD Chair


1.4 Hear All About It: COVID-19 and Evictions in New Mexico

Let’s talk about one of two big topics surrounding COVID-19, evictions. This brief Q&A session will be for legal professionals who do not practice in this area of law and/or members of the public who want to learn more about state updates regarding this topic. This episode is a guide to some basic misconceptions about the eviction process during these crazy times. This is by no means an exhaustive episode of information nor is it formal legal advice. Listen to the companion episode about COVID-19 and unemployment insurance.

Presented by: Riley Masse, New Mexico Legal Aid; Moderated by Aja Brooks, Second Judicial District Court and New Mexico State Bar Foundation President


1.5 Hear All About It: COVID-19 and Unemployment Insurance in New Mexico

Let’s talk about one of two big topics surrounding COVID-19, unemployment insurance. This brief Q&A session will be for legal professionals who do not practice in this area of law and/or members of the public who want to learn more about state updates regarding this topic. This episode is a guide to some basic misconceptions about unemployment insurance process during these crazy times. This is by no means an exhaustive episode of information nor is it formal legal advice. Listen to the companion episode about COVID-19 and evictions.

Presented by: Alicia Clark, New Mexico Legal Aid; Moderated by Aja Brooks, Second Judicial District Court and New Mexico State Bar Foundation President


1.6 Tools of the Trade with the Young Lawyers Division: What I Wish I Knew with Aja Brooks

The Young Lawyers Division continues its sub-series of "What I Wish I Knew" with Aja Brooks, former YLD member and New Mexico State Bar Foundation President. Tune in to hear Brooks talk about her non-traditional career path in public interest law, balancing work with being a new mom, and how she gets it all done.

Presented by: Aja Brooks, Center for Self Help and Dispute Resolution, Second Judicial District; Allison Block-Chavez, Aldridge Hammar & Wexler PA and YLD Chair


1.7 Let’s Talk About Leveraging Culture in a Solo or Small Firm

For these companion episodes, a compelling panel of solo and small firm attorneys talk about the business of running their firms, each from very different perspectives. The panelists are members of the State Bar’s Solo and Small Firm Section and law firm owners with 2 to 40 years of practice experience. You’ll learn more about creating your best client funnel, finding new ways to operate your firm’s business side, identifying ideal clients, and leveraging firm culture to attract more select work. If you run an SSF firm or might want to hang a shingle of your own someday, these are episodes you won’t want to miss!

Presented by: George Weeth, Academy Compensation Clinic PC; Cindy Silva, Cindy Silva Law LLC; Christopher Templeman, Smith Templeman Law Firm LLC; Moderated by Deian McBryde, McBryde Law LLC


1.8 Let’s Talk About Your Client Funnel in a Solo or Small Firm

For these companion episodes, a compelling panel of solo and small firm attorneys talk about the business of running their firms, each from very different perspectives. The panelists are members of the State Bar’s Solo and Small Firm Section and law firm owners with 2 to 40 years of practice experience. You’ll learn more about creating your best client funnel, finding new ways to operate your firm’s business side, identifying ideal clients, and leveraging firm culture to attract more select work. If you run an SSF firm or might want to hang a shingle of your own someday, these are episodes you won’t want to miss!

Presented by: George Weeth, Academy Compensation Clinic PC; Cindy Silva, Cindy Silva Law LLC; Christopher Templeman, Smith Templeman Law Firm LLC; Moderated by Deian McBryde, McBryde Law LLC


1.9 Grieving, Coping, and Healing Regarding Suicides in Our Legal Community

Unfortunately, the New Mexico legal community has lost several members in 2020 to death by suicide. In an attempt bring awareness, education and compassion to those who are facing a myriad of emotions, the SBNM Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program will discuss this very important topic. Please listen in as Pamela Moore, Director of the NM Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program, and Dr. Avron Kriechman, a child, adolescent and family psychiatrist at UNM, discuss the topic of suicide. Dr. Kriechman and Pam talk about safety and resiliency, self-awareness and coping strategies, the healing process when feeling grief and loss, and offer a plethora of resources and services. 

Presented by: Pamela Moore, Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program Director and Dr. Avron M. Kriechman, MD, University of New Mexico Child & Adolescent Psychiatry


1.10 Hear All About It: Judicial Clerkships with NM Justice David K. Thomson

This episode is a bonus project of one of the State Bar’s and New Mexico Supreme Court's recent initiatives, the Judicial Clerkship Program. Regardless of where you are in your career, a newly graduated student, or well established in your practice, listen in as our presenters share the importance of judicial clerkships and how our respective institutions are helping future members of the judiciary!

Presented by: Justice David K. Thomson, New Mexico Supreme Court; Roshanna Toya, New Mexico Court of Appeals and Allison Block-Chavez, Aldridge Hammar & Wexler PA and YLD Chair


1.11 Hear All About It: History of ADR in New Mexico

In this episode, we'll hear from one of the formative figures, David Levin, in the development of ADR (Alternative Methods of Dispute Resolution) in New Mexico. Tune in to hear about the rich history of how ADR came to be, some of its key players, and where ADR may be heading in the future. You may even learn how ADR had an indirect impact on your career or practice area! 

Presented by: David P. Levin, Esq. and Mateo Page, Administrative Office of the Court and ADR Committee Chair


 

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