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Letter From The President
Please join me in welcoming two new members to our Board of Directors: Jaclyn McLean and Ryan Sanders. We are happy to have them join us!
CLE season is in full swing! NMDLA kicked off its annual slate of CLE programs with a new program, “Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Lawyers.” This program is timely and filled with important content. The data regarding the mental and physical health of those who practice law is alarming. Attorneys suffer from stress-related health conditions at a distressingly high rate. We are four times more likely than the average adult to become depressed, and twice as likely to become substance dependent. Lawyers consistently rank in the top five in the professions with the most suicides. We also experience stress-related illnesses such as heart disease and hypertension at disproportionally high rates when compared with non-lawyers. For years, our profession steadfastly ignored these issues, and actively discouraged attorneys from seeking help. Admitting that there was a problem was considered a sign of weakness. Thankfully, those days are over. The State Bar of New Mexico has long been progressive in addressing mental and physical health issues faced by our colleagues. The New Mexico Lawyers and Judges Assistance Program (NMJLAP) provides a variety of services to help attorneys in need. JLAP recently introduced its Employee Assistance Program, which allows State Bar members (and others) to access up to four cost-free, confidential professional counseling sessions per year, along with other services including stress reduction. We are excited to see a national movement towards preventing stress-related crises in the profession. Stress reduction takes many forms, and mindfulness practice has received significant attention for its benefits to attorneys, clients and the legal system at large. We plan to conduct another mindfulness seminar in November, and to incorporate this and other stress-reduction programming in future CLE’s.
We have a full slate of upcoming CLE programming, and I would like to invite you to participate in any (or all) of our programs. On August 17, 2018, Program Chair S. Carolyn Ramos will present the ever-popular Women in the Courtroom. This dynamic and entertaining event is a can’t miss. Registration is now open at nmdla.org.
Nominations are open for our annual Outstanding Civil Defense Lawyer of the Year and Young Lawyer of the Year awards. Nominations are due July 27th, and the awards will be presented at our Annual Meeting on September 28. We believe it is important to recognize the contributions and dedication of our members through our annual awards, and we need your nominations. If you have a colleague, co-worker or friend you believe exemplifies the criteria for these awards, I would encourage you to submit a nomination.
Our Brown Bag Roundtables have resumed. Our September 26th Brown Bag will be hosted by Tyler Cuff and Tiffany Roach Martin, leading a discussion on “Client Relationships for Young Lawyers.” Followed by Jaclyn McLean’s Roundtable on November 14. Where the discussion will be on “The Fair Pay For Women Act’s Serious Issues for Public and Private Employers.” Please join us for these discussions; they are informative and often lively.
I hope everyone has a pleasant and relaxing summer!
Cody R. Rogers, Esq.
Jarmie & Associates
2018 NMDLA President
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2018 Attorney of the Year Awards Request for Nominations
The New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association is pleased to sponsor the 2018 Awards for Outstanding Civil Defense Lawyer and Young Lawyer of the Year. Nominate an attorney whom you would like to see recognized for their contributions and accomplishments. More information...
NMDLA Seeking Editorial Board Members
The New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association seeks members to join the Defense News Editorial Board. The requirements for service on the board are minimal but crucial to the continued success of the publication.
Defense News is NMDLA's quarterly legal news journal containing important articles on the latest developments in the law that is circulated to all members of the New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association as well as all New Mexico judges, libraries and major newspapers.