August 08, 2019

Charles J. Vigil

Charles John Vigil
Thirteenth District, (2022)
President and managing director of Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin, & Robb in Albuquerque, New Mexico
University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1989

Member of the House of Delegates since 2006. Chair of the Drafting Policies and Procedures Committee (2018-2019). Member of the Standing Committee on CLE (2016-2019), Rules and Calendar Committee (2014-2016), Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability (2005-2008, 2011-2014) and Standing Committee on Client Protection (2008-2011). Past president of the State Bar of New Mexico in 2005. Reason to serve: “I have been active in the ABA since around 2005. I was on the Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability. Since that time, I have been a state bar delegate, and then for the last six years, I have been a state delegate from New Mexico. I really wanted to be able to contribute to the ABA on the Board of Governors side, as opposed to just the policy-making side, which is what the House of Delegates does. I know personally some of the officers who will be going on the board and was looking forward to working with them. Trish Refo, I served with her, she put me on the Rules and Calendar Committee when she was chair of the House. I felt that I learned a lot about the association and that I could make contributions to the board with regard to the general operation of the association.”

Plans for term: “In terms of accomplishments, I want to work with the rest of the board and the officers to improve the association, both financially and with regard to membership. Those are the two big issues facing the ABA right now. I come from the state bar side. I was a state bar president and have done work with other voluntary bars, and hopefully I can contribute to helping the association with both of those issues. Both financial issues and declining revenue and declining membership.”

Positive experience with the ABA: “It’s all been wonderful. It’s hard to tease out one particular experience, but I would say that serving on the Rules and Calendar Committee. I’m on my second round there, because I am chair of Drafting right now. Having served on Rules and Calendar the first time was just a fabulous experience. It gave me insight into the workings of the House of Delegates and how much work goes into making those meetings go smoothly, so that we have fabulous debate on important issues but also we don’t waste the time of our delegates. It was really one of the more challenging and more fascinating things that I’ve ever done.”