Advocacy Tips

NMCDLA has a strong presence at the Legislature both during session and during the interim. We educate members and advocate on criminal bills and funding for criminal justice resources. We support policies that reform the system to be more effective, equitable, and fiscally responsible while ensuring that defendants receive due process, fair treatment, and adequate representation. Use the links on this page to recommend bills and to become more involved in the legislative process.

NMCDLA Legislative Coordinator, Rikki-Lee Chavez

Please contact NMCDLA’s Legislative Coordinator, Rikki-Lee Chavez, for any questions, or to learn more about how you can get involved!
(505) 301-3661

From NACDL’s Advocacy Resource Library

What is Advocacy and Why Should I Care?

General Advocacy Tips

The Importance of Legislative Relationships

Strategies for Changing Public Opinion

Op-Eds and Letters to the Editor

10 Steps to Composing Persuasive Letters

Tips for Making Effective Phone Calls to Legislators

Tips for Sending Effective E-mail to Elected Officials

nmSAFE Legislative Scorecards

New Mexico Legislature Resources

New Mexico Legislature Handbook

New Mexico Arts Advocacy 101

KUNM How a Bill Becomes Law in New Mexico

Previous Legislative Drive-In Materials

Ethics & Advocacy

Talking Points for Talking with Legislators