UNM Law alumna becomes President of the New Mexico State Bar

May 16, 2024


Erinna “Erin” Atkins, a 2009 graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Law, took office in January as the President of the State Bar of New Mexico. Even now as she leads the State Bar of New Mexico, she still considers it an immense privilege to practice law and provide legal assistance to her community.

Born and raised in Alamogordo, Atkins is the first woman from the Southern part of New Mexico to be elected president of the State Bar Board of Commissioners. Atkins practices law with her father at the Law Office of S. Bert Atkins, where she represents children in abuse and neglect cases and does legal work for custody, divorce, and criminal defense cases. She also serves as the special prosecutor for the City of Alamogordo and has previously worked as a contract public defender. She is proud to help elevate the voices of rural areas, especially during a time when New Mexico’s legal community is working to address the challenges people in rural areas face in trying to access justice.

“I’ve met some amazing attorneys and I’ve had such a wonderful experience performing State Bar service,” Atkins said. “I’m really proud to serve my community and I hope to inspire other women to consider seeking leadership roles, participating in State Bar service, ... attending UNM Law or working in a rural community.”

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