Now that the Governor has signed our legislation for judicial public financing, the next step in our process is asking University of New Mexico Law School to require Mediation training for all graduates. Right now there is no mandate for attorneys to have any mediation experience; and since we know they are entering a training program (law school being adversarial by design), and while Family Law should never be approached as adversarial due the children it impacts as well as the co-parents, this could be an important step to improving our system. Many attorneys, and so far at least one judge and one UNM law professor, are eager to support our request to University of New Mexico - the only law school in the state.
To share my thinking further, I believe our step-by-step successes in one state will can help replicate your success in another state. Such is the case (we hope) with NM being the first state in the country to allow public financing for district court judges, which will go into effect as of 2023. As I've said before, we cannot make unethical people ethical, but we can address the come up with solutions from everyday as people who've been through the system.
More to come soon!