About the New Mexico Chapter

The New Mexico Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, formed in 2013, has approximately 125 members. Since the formation of the Chapter, the Board of Directors has dedicated tremendous time and effort toward establishing the Chapter’s corporate and nonprofit status and providing programming and other services in New Mexico. The Chapter has a very active board of directors who meet monthly to determine how the Chapter may further the mission of the Federal Bar Association; namely, to be of service to the federal judiciary, federal practitioners (both public and private) and the public they serve.
In furtherance of this mission in New Mexico, the New Mexico Chapter has hosted and/or co-sponsored many events, such as: 

  • Two speaking engagements featuring Erwin Chemerinsky, one in 2014 and another in 2015, and on speaking engagement featuring Jonathan Turley. These scholars are fascinating speakers and they have spurred great interest in the New Mexico Chapter from the legal community, the judiciary and the public. We continue to make efforts to host recognized scholars for speaking engagements in New Mexico. 
  • A “Fundamentals of Technology Assisted Review” CLE seminar, co-hosted with the Federal Bar of the District of New Mexico, featuring Maura Grossman, Co-Chair of the E-Discovery Working Group advising the New York State Unified Court System and a member of the Steering Committee of the Sedona Conference® Working Group 1 of Electronic Document Retention and Production. This CLE program was requested and supported by the federal judiciary in New Mexico. 
  • A screening of the documentary “Gideon’s Army” in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Criminal Justice Act and the Supreme Court’s decision in Gideon v. Wainwright. The screening of the film was followed by a panel discussion featuring the Honorable Kirtan Khalsa, United States Magistrate Judge, Damon Martinez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, Greg Fouratt, a former United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, Steve McCue, Federal Public Defender, District of New Mexico and Jacquelyn Robins, Criminal Justice Act Panel Attorney. CLE credit was available for this event and we received extremely positive feedback on the film and the panel discussion. 
  • A Tour of the Pete V. Domenici United States Courthouse for Law Students. We worked with the Honorable M. Christina Armijo, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico, Dean David Herring and Professor Barbara Creel at the University of New Mexico School of Law to organize this event. Nine federal judges participated in this event, all of whom agreed to be nominated for honorary membership in the Federal Bar Association. This event, in particular, is an excellent example of the furtherance of the Federal Bar Association’s mission in New Mexico. We were able to engage the judiciary and the law school to educate law students about the federal legal system. We added nine federal judges as honorary members of the FBA and also acquired a few law student members for the Federal Bar Association.

The Board of Directors of the New Mexico Chapter is comprised of hard-working and dedicated individuals. We continue to strive toward increasing membership in the Federal Bar Association by planning interesting events, engaging with the federal judiciary and reaching out to the legal community. It has been an exciting first two years for the New Mexico Chapter. We look forward to the future.