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May 9, 2005
Volume 40, Number 10

Branch campus/state news

Biderman honored as top public lawyer

Chief Justice Richard Bosson, left, praised Paul Biderman for making “the state a better place” during a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda. Photo by Deborah Bogosian.
Paul Biderman, director of the School of Law’s Judicial Education Center and associate director for the UNM Institute of Public Law, has received the Public Lawyer of the Year award.

The award recognizes his 29 years of public service in legal work and comes from the Public Law Section of the New Mexico State Bar. A ceremony was held in early May at the State Capitol Rotunda.

During the event, State Bar President Charles Vigil and Chief Deputy Attorney General Stuart Bluestone praised Biderman’s distinguished career in public service.

Chief Justice Richard Bosson of the New Mexico Supreme Court, speaking of judges in the state, said “our jobs are easier every single day because of what Paul does,” also noting, “Paul has made our state a better place to be. His contribution will be felt for a long, long time to come.”

Biderman called the recognition “tremendously meaningful to me” and said the award “recognizes all those within our profession who stand behind our system of laws and ensure its equal application to all.”

He added “as proud as I am to receive this award, an even greater source of pride for me is to be counted every day among this profession of lawyers who serve the public interest with selfless dedication, skill and principle.”

Biderman is the tenth attorney to receive the recognition. His public service includes four years as the cabinet secretary of Energy and Minerals, seven years in the attorney general’s Consumer Division and four years in legal services on the Navajo Reservation and in Northern New Mexico. He also served on numerous non-profit boards.

Biderman’s writing and teaching in judicial ethics earned him an appointment by the State Supreme Court to the Advisory Committee on the Code of Judicial Conduct.