Director Paul Biderman
Research Professor of Law
Director, Institute of Public Law
B.A. 1967, City College of New York
J.D. 1970, New York University Law School
Member of New Mexico, the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico, the Tenth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court Bars
Paul Biderman has served as director of the Institute of Public Law (IPL) since 2005. His career with IPL began as founding director of the Judicial Education Center in December 1991. Admitted to the state bar in 1971, he previously served as New Mexico’s Secretary of Energy and Minerals for four years, as a staff attorney and director for the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division, as a legal services attorney for Navajos and in Northern New Mexico, and for seven years he conducted private law practices in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.
His legal career has included considerable emphasis in consumer protection, public utility regulation and Indian law. He has developed and co-taught law school seminars on Effective Representation of Public Clients and Judging, developed and taught Law and the Consumer, and has served as faculty to the Leadership Institute in Judicial Education based at the University of Memphis. He served a one-year term as board president of the National Association of State Judicial Educators, after having served three years as chair of the Editorial Board for the Association’s newsletter.
Biderman has volunteered as a board member for numerous nonprofit organizations, including terms as president of the Ghost Ranch Conference Center, the Western Interstate Energy Board, Monte del Sol Charter School in Santa Fe, Millennium (Substance Abuse) Treatment Services and the New Mexico Community Development Loan Fund. He also fills in occasionally as an alternate municipal judge for the City of Santa Fe.
Under Biderman’s leadership, IPL has expanded its services to include facilitation of constructive public deliberation on policy issues and training in government ethics for state officials. In his 14 years heading JEC, the center established a strong record of presenting conferences and publishing resources for the judiciary. It was also among the first state judicial education programs to use satellite teleconferencing, and has become a national leader in developing web-based educational programming. Their pilot web course on Alternate Dispute Resolution earned JEC the annual Howell Heflin Award from the State Justice Institute in October 2002. Biderman’s work has been recognized by his receipt of the 1997 Judicial Education Award from the American Bar Association’s Judicial Division and the 2005 Public Lawyer of the Year Award from the New Mexico State Bar.
He lives in Santa Fe with his wife, Ellen, who was a founding director of the Santa Fe Children’s Museum and now works for the Family Development Institute at the University of New Mexico College of Education. They have two sons and daughters-in-law, and two grandchildren.
Office: New Mexico Law Center