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ARTICLE 1. Education Committees
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  • 18-101. Purpose and Title
    • A. Purpose. It is of primary importance to the members of the New Mexico State Bar and to the public that attorneys continue their legal education throughout the period of their active practice of law. These rules establish the requirements for minimum continuing legal education.
    • B. Title. These rules shall be known as the Rules for Minimum Continuing Legal Education.
  • 18-102. Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board
    • A. Board established.
      1. (1) There is hereby established a Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board to be appointed by the Supreme Court, consisting of nine members. The Executive Director of the State Bar of New Mexico shall be an ex-officio, non-voting member.
      2. (2) Each member of the board shall be a licensed active member of the State Bar of New Mexico who practices in this state and maintains such member's principal office in this state. The members shall be appointed for staggered three (3) year terms pursuant to Rule 23-106 NMRA.
      3. (3) The chairperson of the board shall be appointed by the court and shall serve at the pleasure of the court.
    • B. Powers and duties of the board.
      1. (1) The board shall have general supervisory authority over implementing and supervising the minimum continuing legal education requirements for members of the State Bar of New Mexico. The board shall provide the procedure for assuring compliance and enforcement of the requirements set by the board in furtherance of these duties.
      2. (2) The board shall have specific duties and responsibilities, as follows:
        1. (a) to implement practice and procedures for the effective administration of these rules;
        2. (b) to accredit institutions that will provide courses and to approve programs which will satisfy the educational requirements of these rules;
        3. (c) to report annually on the activities and operations of the board to the Board of Bar Commissioners of the State Bar of New Mexico and the Supreme Court.
    • C. Finances.
      1. (1) The board may establish reasonable fees, and such other requirements as may be necessary to carry out the program, subject to approval by the court. However, sanctions collected under Rule 18-301 NMRA not necessary to carry out the program may be transferred by the Court on an annual basis for administration of other Court regulated programs.
      2. (2) Members of the board shall serve without compensation, but shall be paid mileage and per diem consistent with the guidelines approved by the court for the judicial branch of government. The mileage and per diem shall be paid out of the funds collected by the board.
      3. (3) The board may establish such requirements as may be necessary to implement and carry out this program, including imposition of reasonable certification and filing fees, all subject to prior approval by the Supreme Court.
    • D. Board Expenses.
      1. Subject to the approval of the Supreme Court, the board may appoint or contract for such services, equipment, facilities and staff as may be needed for the efficient administration of the boardís work.† Subject to the approval of the Supreme Court, the board shall fix the compensation of the staff appointed or contracted pursuant to this rule, and shall promulgate policies for the orderly and efficient conduct of their duties. The salaries and other expenses pursuant to this rule shall be paid by the board out of the funds collected pursuant to Paragraph C of this rule.

    [As amended, effective September 15, 1987; January 1, 1990; November 1, 1991; December 13, 2005; November 29, 2006.]

  • 18-103. Judicial continuing education committee
    • A. Committee established.
      1. (1) There is hereby established a judicial continuing education committee to be appointed by the Supreme Court, consisting of nine (9) members.
      2. (2) One member of the committee shall be an appellate court judge, six members shall be district court judges, and two members shall be a metropolitan court judges. As much as feasible, the members shall be appointed with staggered terms. The Supreme Court may also appoint a justice to serve as the Courtís liaison to the committee. The director of the Judicial Education Center shall provide staff support for the committee in the performance of its duties.
      3. (3) The chairperson of the committee shall be appointed by and shall serve at the pleasure of the Supreme Court.
    • B. Powers and duties of the committee. The committee shall:
      1. (1) adopt continuing judicial education requirements for state appellate, district and metropolitan court judges;
      2. (2) approve judicial continuing legal education courses;
      3. (3) recommend to the Judicial Education Center and to continuing legal education providers appropriate judicial continuing legal education programs, including the agenda for the annual judicial conclave.
      4. (4) subject to Supreme Court approval, adopt regulations to implement the effective administration of the committee's duties; and
      5. (5) monitor continuing judicial legal education compliance by judges subject to these rules.

    [As amended, effective January 1, 1990; January 22, 1997; June 13, 2000.]

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