New Mexico Ethics Watch (NMEW) will present Ethics in New Mexico: Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, Where We’re Going, a multi-faceted event 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday July 15, at the UNM Continuing Education Center on University Blvd. NE in Albuquerque.
The event will feature former Chief Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court Richard Bosson, former New Mexico State Sen. and author Dede Feldman and former Deputy Chief New Mexico Attorney General and newly-appointed ethics commission member Stuart Bluestone, in a lively panel discussion and an audience Q&A, noon to 1 p.m.
With the appointment of five commissioners and a July 1 effective date, eyes will be on the commission as it begins its work to choose commissioners six and seven, hire staff, and craft governing rules and regulations. The promises and possibilities of the long-awaited New Mexico State Ethics Commission will surely be discussed at NMEW’s July 15 event.
Following the presentation, NMEW will announce the winners of its inaugural student essay contest and present the five finalists with their prizes. This year’s contest asked students to address the topic, “What does being ethical mean to you?”
Students from around the state, from Farmington to Cloudcroft to Albuquerque, entered an essay from 500 to 1,000 words. NMEW has notified the five finalists, who will learn at the July 15 event whether they have won first prize ($500), second prize ($200), third prize ($100) or one of two honorable mentions ($50).
“NMEW’s annual student essay contest marks the beginning of increased ethics education activity from the organization, with high school ethics education high on the list of activities to be undertaken throughout the state,” noted NMEW Executive Director Kathleen Sabo.
Suggested donation for the event is $5 for students, $20 for the general public, with lunch provided.
Registration for NMEW’s July 15 Ethics in New Mexico is available at www.nmethicswatch.org, as well as NMEW’s Facebook Page.