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Season 3 (2022)

3.8 Hear About Mandatory Succession Planning

You’ve heard about it. You may have read about it. And you probably have questions about it. Well, it is time to hear about mandatory succession planning or Rule 16-119, which is effective Oct. 1 of 2022.

Bill Slease of the Professional Development Program and Anne Taylor of the New Mexico Disciplinary Board will fill you in on what the rule is, what to do and some questions they’ve received thus far. A quick 25 listen will hopefully go a long way for you.

The Professional Development Program has a variety of resources, including a checklist, for you as you develop your own succession plan. Make sure to visit their website at www.sbnm.org/pdp.

Hosts: William D. Slease, State Bar of New Mexico; Anne Taylor, New Mexico Disciplinary Board


3.7 Hear from Our 2022 Annual Meeting Speakers

This episode is an exciting mash-up of presenters. We are honored to have stolen some time from our keynote and featured speakers at our 2022 Annual Meeting. Even if you listen to this after the conference, there’s so much to take away from the experience and insight each of these presenters bring. 

First in the episode is our keynote speaker, Desmond Meade. Desmond Meade received his J.D. from Florida International University College of Law. Desmond is currently the President and Executive Director of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition. Desmond shares some thoughts on what the legal community, and truly us as citizens, can do to advocate for formerly incarcerated individuals.

Second in the line-up are Dana Tippin Cutler and Keith Cutler. Keith and Dana are partners in the law firm of James W. Tippin & Associates in Kansas City, Missouri, practicing in the areas of civil defense litigation, education law, and small business representation. Dana and Keith share their perspective and experiences on diversity, equity and inclusion in the law and workplace.

Dr. Tiffany Bowden rounds out the episode. As an entrepreneur, Business Consultant, Coach, and Corporate Diversity Expert, Dr. Tiffany Bowden, MA, Ph.D. has devoted her life’s work to transformation at the level of the individual, interpersonal and social. Her remarks on the cannabis industry and its impact on people of color are powerful and give us an exciting insight to her presentation. 

Presented By: Dr. Amanda Parker, Equity in Justice Program Manager; Tina Muscarella Gooch, Sutin, Thayer & Browne APC


3.6 Let's Hear About Home Loans on Indian Trust Lands

With such a wide range of membership from practice areas, areas of interest and geographical location, we try to have topics that apply broadly as well as some that get down to the nitty-gritty. This episode, brought to you by the Indian Law Section of the State Bar, does just that!

This episode will focus on home loans on Indian trust lands. They’ll review what Indian trust lands are, what legal infrastructure is needed for home loans, and what native CDFIs are and their importance.

Presented by: Denise A. Zuni, Sh'eh Wheef Law Office, P.C.; Sheila Herrera, Tiwa Lending Services


3.5 Bridge the Gap Program: Enhancing Your First Year of Practice

The Bridge the Gap Program is re-launching and we're excited to provide two episodes for our newest attorneys. In this second episode, State Bar of New Mexico staff talk about how you can choose your own adventure now that you are a member of the State Bar. Learn about all the "fun stuff" about the Bar, like how to get involved in voluntary groups, the Professional Development Program, and how the State Bar can supplement your professional life as you want it.

Presented by: Morgan Pettit, State Bar of New Mexico Member Services Manager and William Slease, SBNM Professional Development Program Director.


3.4 Bridge the Gap Program: Overview of Your First Year of Practice

The Bridge the Gap Program is re-launching and we're excited to provide two episodes for our newest attorneys. In this first episode, State Bar of New Mexico staff demystify what it means being admitted to the Bar. The first year practice can be intimidating between learning the practice of law and all the entails. To our new attorneys and law students, tune in to learn what your licensing expectations are for your first year of practice, what it means to be a member of the State Bar and what the Bridge the Gap Program is.

Presented by: Stormy Ralstin, State Bar of New Mexico General Counsel and Kate Kennedy, SBNM Regulatory Programs Director of Special Projects


3.3 Hear All About Sixth Judicial Court With Chief Judge DeLaney

We’re adding another episode to our collection of judge episodes! This episode, we are honored to hear from Chief Judge Jennifer DeLaney from the Sixth Judicial District Court. Larry Heyeck from the Third Judicial District Court interviews the Chief Judge on topics ranging from what it’s like to be in a judicial position in a smaller community, some judicial pet peeves and tips and what court procedure is in the sixth and how it differs from surrounding areas.

We've been wanting more geographical representation on the airwaves, so if you are outside the Rio Grande corridor we would love to have you on the podcast!
 
Co-Sponsored by the Family Law Section.
 
Presented by: Chief Judge Jennifer E. DeLaney, Sixth Judicial District Court; Larry Heyeck, Third Judicial District Court.

3.2 Hear All About our Equity in Justice Program

We are incredibly proud to have this episode as part of the launch of the State Bar of New Mexico Equity in Justice Program. The development of the Equity in Justice Program was recommended in the 2019 Update on the Status of Minorities and Gender in the Legal Profession.

Tune in as Dr. Amanda Parker and Leon Howard, co-chair of the Committee on the Diversity in the Legal Profession have a truly amazing discussion. They interview each other on the new program, equity and inclusion in the profession, what work still needs to be done and how the State Bar Equity in Justice program will help move the profession forward.

Happy Black History Month!

Presented by: Dr. Amanda Parker, State Bar of New Mexico Equity in Justice Program Manager; Leon Howard, ACLU New Mexico and Committee on Diversity in the Legal Profession Co-Chair


3.1 Hear All About It: State Bar Updates

We're back with our third season! We’ve been through a lot in our first two seasons. We’ve heard from various groups and individuals of our membership, but you haven’t really heard from us. For this episode we'll be covering rules, surveys and goals - oh my!  

While rules may not be the most exciting topic, the two rules (24-102 and 16-119) have a direct impact on your membership. With the upcoming compliance deadline, this is right on time to help answer some of your questions!

We’ll also be talking about our membership survey and how important it is for your voice to be heard. And we’ll pepper in some other updates and things the State Bar is planning in 2022.

Presented by: Stormy Ralstin, General Counsel; Richard Spinello, Executive Director; William Slease, Professional Development Program Director, State Bar of New Mexico.


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

2.9 Meet and Greet Cory Muscara, 2021 Annual Meeting Featured Speaker

The State Bar of New Mexico is excited to have its first cross-over episode between its two podcasts, SBNM is Hear and Legal Well-Being in Action. We couldn't think of a better way to celebrate this cross-over than with one of our 2021 Annual Meeting and Member Appreciation Day speakers, Cory Muscara. Tune in to hear about the inspiration behind his book, insights on working with discomfort and procrastination, approaching meditation hesitancy/skepticism, and demystifying intuition.

Presented by: Cory Muscara, Long Island Center for Mindfulness; Pamela Moore, State Bar of New Mexico Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program


2.10 Let's Talk About the Professional Practice Program

Let's talk about the newly developed Professional Practice Program (PPP)! Tune in to hear directly about the history and iterations of our professional development program, the new direction of the program under Bill Slease, what are his long-term goals, and some of the resources already available to you through the PPP!

Presented by: Richard B. Spinello, State Bar of New Mexico Executive Director; William Slease, State Bar of New Mexico Professional Practice Program Director


2.11: What I Wish I Knew with Carla Martinez

We're back with the Young Lawyers Division interviewing the State Bar President! The YLD was honored to sit down and chat with 2021 State Bar President Carla Martinez as she shared her career path and things she wished she knew. Tune in as President Martinez shares her journey working with different state agencies, how she views mentoring and why she refers to herself as a “master of none”.

Presented by: Carla Martinez, Second Judicial District Attorney's Office; Shasta N. Inman, The Law Offices of Shasta N. Inman, LLC and 2021 Young Lawyers Division Chair

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2.12 Let's Hear about Cannabis Licensing with Superintendent Trujillo

We are back with the Cannabis Law Section! For this episode, we were honored to have Linda Trujillo, Superintendent of the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department. Superintendent Trujillo is a licensed attorney and House representative. Tune in to hear about an overview of implementation, the status of online manufacturing applications, the projected budget for licensing, and future plans on working with the legislature to support this growing industry.

Presented by: Superintendent Linda Trujillo, New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department; Patricia Monaghan, Patricia M Monaghan Attorney at Law

2.13 Meet and Greet With Judge Begaye and Judge Roberson

For this episode, we were honored to hear from the 2021 appointed children’s court judges. Judge Begaye is the first Indigenous woman appointed to the court and Judge Roberson comes from the public defenders. Retired Judge Romero interviews them both as we get to learn more about them as individuals, what children’s court entails, and a truly wonderful discussion on well-being and self-care in an emotionally charged court.

Presented by: Judge Catherine Begaye and Judge Alma C. Roberson, Second Judicial Children's Court; Moderated by Judge John J. Romero, Jr. (Ret.)


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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