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Admissions

Practicing in the United States District Court, District of New Mexico

Attorneys must be admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico, or associate with attorneys who are, when appearing in a case filed in this court. 

Attorney Admissions

To submit an electronic application to become a member of this Court's bar, an attorney must have an individual upgraded PACER account. For information on how to register for an individual PACER account, or to upgrade your existing PACER account, please visit our court's CM/ECF NextGen page. Once an individual PACER account has been obtained, visit pacer.uscourts.gov, select Manage PACER Account, and follow the step-by-step NextGen Attorney Admissions instructions to submit your Attorney Admissions / E-File Registration.

After the court reviews your application and has verified the information provided, you will receive an email with a link to pay the one time admission fee of $188. Thereafter, pursuant to D.N.M.LR-Civ. 83.2(h), dues of $25 should be submitted on or before January 31 of every odd-numbered year. To pay bar dues online, please refer to the Paying Federal Bar Dues Online (via CM/ECF and Pay.gov) guide. Please note: 2021 Federal Bar Dues are waived.

Federal Attorney Admissions

Attorneys employed by, or on special assignment for the United States Government may practice before this court in their official capacity as long as they are licensed by, and on active status in any state, federal territory, or the District of Columbia. Federal attorneys must have an individual upgraded PACER account. For information on how to register for an individual PACER account, or to upgrade your existing PACER account, please visit our court's CM/ECF NextGen page. Once an individual PACER account has been obtained, visit pacer.uscourts.gov, select Manage PACER Account > Maintenance > Attorney Admissions / E-File Registration. Select Federal Attorney to complete the application to practice in this district.

The admission fee and biennial bar dues are waived for Federal Attorneys.

Pro Hac Vice Appearances

If not admitted to practice before this court, but appearing in a case under D.N.M.LR-Civ. 83.3(a) (commonly referred to as a pro hac vice appearance), you must associate with a federal bar member of this court and pay $100 for each case in which you appear.  See the Appearing in an Action if Licensed Outside the District of New Mexico guide for more information. 

Attorneys practicing by association must have an individual upgraded PACER account. For information on how to register for an individual PACER account, or to upgrade your existing PACER account, please visit our court's CM/ECF NextGen page. Once an individual PACER account has been obtained, visit pacer.uscourts.gov, select Manage PACER Account > Maintenance > Attorney Admissions / E-File Registration. Select Pro Hac Vice to complete the application to practice by association in this district. Additionally, an out-of-district attorney appearing in an action as a non-member attorney, must electronically file the D.N.M.LR-Civ. 83.3 text only notice "Association of Attorney Licensed Outside the District" event in CM/ECF. See the Appearing in an Action if Licensed Outside the District of New Mexico guide for more information. 

No bar dues are owed for attorneys appearing in this manner.

For information on admisson, payment, or bar dues status, please submit your requests to attorneyadmissions@nmd.uscourts.gov

To update or reset your system password, please visit pacer.uscourts.gov.  For assistance please contact PACER at 800-676-6856.

 

Forms and Information

NextGen Attorney Admissions Instructions

Attorney Self Reporting Form  (PDF) (DOC)

Paying Federal Bar Dues Online (via CM/ECF and Pay.gov) *2021 Federal Bar Dues are waived.

Appearing in an Action if Licensed Outside the District of New Mexico