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
18-102. Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board
A. Board established.
(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,
(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
(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) 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
(2) The board shall have specific duties and
responsibilities, as follows:
(a) to implement practice and procedures for the
effective administration of these rules;
(b) to accredit institutions that will provide courses
and to approve programs which will satisfy the
educational requirements of these rules;
(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
(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) 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) 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
D. Board Expenses.
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
[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) There is hereby established a judicial continuing
education committee to be appointed by the Supreme
Court, consisting of nine (9) members.
(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) 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) adopt continuing judicial education requirements for
state appellate, district and metropolitan court
(2) approve judicial continuing legal education courses;
(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) subject to Supreme Court approval, adopt regulations
to implement the effective administration of the
committee's duties; and
(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.]