Dear DLA Members:Fall Greetings to Everyone! The NMDLA is thankful to all the defense firms and defense members who have given their time and talents during 2014 to make the NMDLA a special organization. This “specialness” was recently on display as Sean Garrett, incoming NMDLA president, organized and hosted the NMDLA’s annual meeting. The highlight of the meeting was the presentation of this year’s NMDLA Young Lawyer of the Year Award to Alicia Santos and Outstanding Civil Defense Lawyer of the Year Award to Stephen French. Both recipients exemplify the dedication and skill of strong defense attorneys, but also the generosity of time and talent to clients and others in need.
Recently, the NMDLA joined with members of the New Mexico Trial Lawyers and ABOTA to host a seminar addressing Justice Chavez’s proposed Summary Jury Trial system. The presenters at the seminar included attorneys and judges from other states that have their own summary jury trial systems. Justice Chavez emphasized that the New Mexico Supreme Court has a strong “appetite” to institute a Summary Jury Trial system in New Mexico. Justice Chavez has formed a committee that includes members from all three sponsoring organizations to begin the creation of such a system. As a member of this committee, I request input from all NMDLA members about any concerns, questions and organization of this system. An article describing this seminar in much greater detail will appear in the next edition of Defense News. Please provide your input to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The NMDLA will sponsor the Annual Civil Rights Seminar on Friday, December 5, 2014 at the Jewish Community Center. The seminar will feature Professor Sheldon Nahmod, a national leader in this area of the law. We thank you for your support of this event.
Lastly, it has been an honor to serve as NMDLA president. I thank all the members of the NMDLA Board whose dedication continues to benefit NMDLA members with greater access to information and programs affecting our different practices. A special thanks must be given to the NMDLA’s Executive Director Jean Gibson, who has worked tirelessly on numerous NMDLA events. Please join me in welcoming Sean Garrett as next year’s NMDLA President.
Have a great finish to 2014!
Richard M. Padilla