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Legal Community Notices

UNM School of Law Library Hours - Closed to Guests

The UNM Law Library facility is currently closed to guests. Reference services are available remotely Monday through Friday, from 9am-6pm via email at or phone at 505-277-0935.

UNM Law Memorial for Dean Fred Hart on April 7

Please join us for a memorial celebrating the life and achievements of Dean Fred Hart on Thursay, April 7 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. (MT) at the UNM School of Law. The event will also be livestreamed for those unable to attend in person. Please RSVP to attend in-person by March 21. Share your memories and register here:

Please contact or 505-277-1038 with any questions regarding the memorial event.

Upcoming CLE: Judicial Philosophy: Ethics & Professionalism In Appellate Decision Making

Friday, March 25, 2022

10:00 a.m. (MT) - Noon / Virtual Via Zoom

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Upcoming CLE: Collaborative Family Law

April 22 - 24, 2022

UNM Law School 117 Stanford Drive NE


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New Mexico Secretary of State Notice:Important Information for New Mexico Notary Publics and Notarial Officers

In 2021, the State of New Mexico enacted the Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts, aka RULONA (Sections 14-14-A1 to 14-14A-32 NMSA 1978) which is effective January 1, 2022.

This change in law impacts every current and future commissioned notary public. RULONA makes a distinction between a notary public and a notarial officer. A notarial officer is not commissioned to perform a notarial act, but is authorized to perform a notarial act by certain authority, including individuals who are authorized to practice law in New Mexico, a New Mexico Judge, or New Mexico county clerk or deputy county clerk. 

A notarial officer authorized to practice law in New Mexico is authorized to practice notarial acts with no expiration but shall maintain an active license to practice law. The commission expiration date is December 31, 2021, for a notarial officer authorized to practice law in this state who was commissioned under the previous Uniform Law on Notarial Acts.  

All notarial officers will be required to get new official stamps to meet new legal requirements, keep a mandatory journal of notarial acts, and pass a training examination before being recommissioned. The new law also provides for notarial officers to apply with the Secretary of State to become authorized to perform remote online notarizations. 

Notarial officers are required to have an official stamp that follows statutory requirements that is on file with the Secretary of State before the notarial officer performs a notarial act. 

RULONA also provides that a judge of a court of this state, a court clerk or deputy court clerk of this state while performing a notarial act within the scope of the clerk’s duties, and an individual licensed to practices law in this state are “notarial officers” and may perform notarial acts without applying to become a commissioned notary public. 

The Secretary of State’s Office has additional information about the changes and new requirements on their website that all current or prospective notaries should review. That information can be found by going to or by calling the Secretary of State’s Office Business Services Division at 505-827-3600.

Please direct any questions regarding this notice to the Secretary of State’s Office Business Services Division by calling 505-827-3600.

New Mexico Board of Bar Examiners Executive Director Position Available

The New Mexico Board of Bar Examiners is seeking to fill Executive Director Position. Below is a brief summary of the Executive Director Position. For the complete of the requirements, salary, benefits and deadline to apply, contact the office at (505) 271-9706.

The Executive Director of the New Mexico Board of Bar Examiners fills a high-level strategic, administrative, legal, and supervisory position overseeing all aspects of the administration of the New Mexico Bar Examination. The Executive Director works under the supervision of the Board of Bar Examiners, which is responsible for assessing the minimum legal competency and character and fitness of all applicants, as well as any other eligibility factors for admission to the bar in New Mexico; eligibility for admission also includes reinstatement, Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) transfer, and limited license applications. This is a hands-on role for a legal professional who is prepared to be involved in and responsible for every aspect of the bar admissions process and administration.

The Executive Director should have extensive experience in managing operations to include finance, budget and staffing in a legal setting as well as experience communicating and collaborating with multiple stakeholders. Additionally, the Executive Director should have experience drafting motions and findings of fact and conclusions of law, as well as managing legal proceedings in court or in administrative proceedings. The position is located in Albuquerque, NM. Starting salary range is $102,000 to $135,000, depending on experience, plus a benefits package­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­.

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Defenders in Recovery!

NEW MEETING!  Defenders in Recovery meets every Wednesday night at 5:30 PM.  Our meeting schedule is as follows:

  • Ist Wednesday of the month: AA meeting—discussion
  • 2nd Wednesday of the month: NA Meeting—discussion
  • 3rd Wednesday of the month—Book study.  We will start on the AA Big Book and work our way through different AA and NA literature, including the Big Book, the Blue Book, Living Clean, 12x12, etc.
  • 4th Wednesday of the month—Recovery Speaker and Monthly Birthday Celebration

These meetings are open to all who seek recovery.  We are a group of defenders supporting each other, sharing in each other’s recovery.  We are an anonymous group and not affiliated with any agency or business.

Anonymity is the foundation of all of our traditions. Who we see in this meeting, what we say in this meeting, stays in this meeting. For the meeting link, we can be reached at or Jen at 575-288-7958, Jaime at 505-225-9330, JJ at 307-321-4752.

Tenth Circut Court of Appeals Library Albuquerque Branch Now Open

The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Library, Albuquerque Branch is now open to members of both the District of New Mexico Federal Bar and State Bar of New Mexico. The Library is located on the 2d floor of the Pete V. Domenici United States Courthouse and hours are 8:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m (MT)., Monday through Friday when staff is present. We are also able to provide in-person, limited assistance to members of the general public at this time. For more information please call (505) 348-2135.

Seeking Sponsors for Breaking Good High School Video Contest

The Legal Services and Programs Committee will host the sixth annual Breaking Good Video Contest for 2021. The Video Contest aims to provide an opportunity for New Mexico high school students to show their creative and artistic talents while learning about civil legal services available to their communities. The LSAP Committee would like to invite members or firms of the legal community to sponsor monetary prizes awarded to first, second, and third place student teams and the first place teacher sponsor. The Video Contest sponsors will be recognized during the presentation of the awards, to take place on 2022 Law Day, and on all promotional material for the Video Contest. For more information regarding details about the prize and scale and the Video Contest in general, or additional sponsorship information, visit   




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