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Letter From The President
Dear Members of the NMDLA:
I hope your 2016 is off to a successful and productive start. In my first letter of the year, I deliver to you both bad and good news. First, the bad – the Board of Directors has elected me as the organization’s president for another year, so you will have to both see me and hear from me for another year.
In all seriousness, I am again honored to serve as president of the NMDLA in 2016. This year’s Executive Board will include Courtenay Keller as President-Elect and Cody Rogers as Secretary/Treasurer. We will, as always, be supported by a hard-working and dedicated Board of Directors.
As for the good news promised in the first paragraph, there is much to report for 2015 and the coming year. At our 2015 Annual Meeting, we honored Mark Riley and Tomas Garcia as the Outstanding Civil Defense Lawyer of the Year and Young Lawyer of the Year, respectively, and we thanked 30 years of past-presidents for their service to the organization. This year’s Annual Meeting is already calendared for October 14, 2016, once again at Hotel Andaluz in Albuquerque. We hope you will put this exciting event on your calendar and we look forward to seeing all of you there.
Last year, the NMDLA organized two full-day CLE programs, in addition to offering CLE credits for attendance at the Annual Meeting. In 2016, we endeavor to double that number. This year, we hope to bring you four full-day CLE programs, including two of our most popular: the biennial Women in the Courtroom and the annual Civil Rights Seminar. Women in the Courtroom will be held on August 5, 2016, and the Civil Rights Seminar will be held on December 2, 2016, both at the Jewish Community Center in Albuquerque. Please calendar these informative and well-attended CLEs and keep your eyes open for other NMDLA offerings. Of course, if you are willing to assist in chairing or speaking at a CLE, please let me or any other Board member know.
In other exciting news, Santa Fe will host the DRI Southwest Region meeting chaired by Bryan Garcia, DRI Southwest Region Director, on August 12 & 13. Please like the NMDLA page on Facebook or follow us on Twitter at @DLA_NM for updates on all of our events.
On behalf of the NMDLA Board, I wish you a great 2016.
Sean E. Garrett
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