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Access to Justice topics and resources with information provided by the Legal Services and Programs Committee of the State Bar of New Mexico.

       Access to Justice New Mexico  

The New Mexico Supreme Court established the New Mexico Commission on Access to Justice (the Commission) in 2004. The Commission’s mission was to expand resources for civil legal assistance to New Mexicans living in poverty. The Commission completed its initial State Plan for the Provision of Legal Aid to Low-Income New Mexicans (the State Plan) in 2007. The 2019 ATJ Strategic Action Plan puts into effect many of the recommendations in the 2007 State Plan and will lead to specific target dates for completion along with other details to guide full implementation.

Access to Justice topics and resources

Upcoming Access to Justice Events

Upcoming Events

Law-La-Palooza Free Legal Fair March 1, 2024, Cesar Chavez Community Center For more information, call 1-877-266-9861 or email legalclinics@nmlegalaid.org

New Mexico Legal Aid Landlord/Tenant Law Workshop Free Online-Only Seminar March 7, 2024 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Watch on Zoom Video Conference: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86002443934 Meeting ID-860 0244 3934

New Mexico Legal Aid Landlord/Tenant Law Workshop Chaves County Free Legal Clinic March 8, 2024, First Come, First Serve 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM For more information, call 1-877-266-9861 or email legalclinics@nmlegalaid.org

New Mexico Legal Aid Volunteer Attorney Program Statewide Teleclinics May 16, 2024, September 19, 2024, November 21, 2024, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM For more information, please call 1-877-266-9861 or email legalclinics@nmlegalaid.org The NM Commission on Access to Justice (ATJ) is an independent, statewide body dedicated to expanding and improving civil legal assistance in the state.

SBNM Bankruptcy Virtual Workshop Each month, on the 4th Wednesday, from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM To register, call 505-797-6094 For more information, call 505-797-6000

SBNM Divorce Virtual Workshop Each month, on the 1st Wednesday, from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM To register, call 505-797-6094 For more information, call 505-797-6000

Legal Resources for the Elderly Program (LREP) Virtual Workshop Each month, on the 2nd Tuesday, beginning at 11:00 AM To register, call 505-797-6006 or 1-800-876-6657

NMILC Wednesday Workshop Each month, on the 3rd Wednesday, the NM Immigrant Law Center hosts a walk-in workshop focused on DACA and Green Cards. visit: https://www.nmilc.org/daca

Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Each month, on the 2nd Friday, Metro holds Teleclinics. To participate, parties can call the Self-Help Office at 505-841-9817

Virtual Divorce Workshop Learn the Basics of Filing for Divorce - Understand the Divorce Packet - Thursday, March 21, 2024 5:30-6:30 PM. Presented by the Eight Judicial District Court Domestic Division. Inquire at the Help Desk 575-758-3173 EXT. 634 or 575-758-3173 EXT. 604

 

Financial Resource Guide During COVID-19

The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty has created the Financial Resource Guide During COVID-19 to help New Mexico families during the pandemic. The guide includes information about programs funded through federal legislation like the American Recovery Plan Act, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, as well as long-standing state and local programs that can help families with food, housing, healthcare, child care, and more.

General Information

New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty -- We work with low-income New Mexicans to improve living conditions, increase opportunities, and protect the rights of people living in poverty.

 

Justice Gap Report 2022 -- The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) contracted with NORC at the University of Chicago to help measure the justice gap among low-income Americans in 2022.

Established in 1974, LSC [Legal Services Corporation] operates as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that promotes equal access to justice and provides grants for high-quality civil legal assistance to low-income Americans. LSC distributes more than 90% of its funding to 132 independent nonprofit legal aid programs with more than 800 offices.

Modest Means Helpline

Modest Means Helpline is a civil legal telephone helpline and attorney referral service of the New Mexico State Bar Foundation. The Modest Means Helpline assists New Mexico residents with incomes below 500%* of the federal poverty guidelines. The Modest Means Helpline can assist in civil legal matters including but not limited to domestic relations (divorce, child custody, kinship guardianship, domestic violence), landlord/ tenant, small business issues, consumer, and probate. The Modest Means Helpline’s staff attorneys provide legal advice by phone and, if appropriate, may refer the case to pro bono attorneys for representation ranging from legal advice to limited or full representation. Those interested may reach the Modest Means Helpline at 505-797-6013 or 888-857-9935, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m

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