Dear DLA Members:
We are excited to report some important news. First, the Defense Lawyers Association (DLA) congratulates recent NMDLA President Nancy Franchini and Ned Fuller on their appointments by Governor Susana Martinez to the Second Judicial District Court.
Second, the NMDLA has been actively involved with Justice Chavez’s initiative to discuss a summary civil jury trial system in New Mexico. The NMDLA, the New Mexico Trial Lawyers and ABOTA members have worked together to organize an October 10, 2014 CLE conference to inform and educate their members about how these systems have been organized in other states and to discuss the pros and cons of creating such a system in New Mexico. Justice Chavez has asked the NMDLA to survey its members about the concept of summary jury trials. The expectation is that from this poll the organizers of this seminar will learn about any apprehensions or benefits of the program. The information learned from the poll will be used to determine how best to discuss some of the apprehensions and how to design a program to overcome legitimate apprehensions. The NMDLA will send out this poll in the near future. It would be beneficial to hear from as many of our members as possible so as to fully explore the NMDLA’s concerns. The agenda for this seminar will be provided to NMDLA members in the next couple of weeks. We look forward to your attendance at this seminar.
Third, the NMDLA congratulates Board Member Carolyn Ramos for organizing and conducting a very successful, Women in the Courtroom CLE. The feedback received thus far has been extremely positive. The NMDLA thanks all the presenters and other participants who made this seminar a success. Please support upcoming NMDLA CLE seminars, including the October 3, 2014 NMDLA Luncheon and Annual Meeting where the NMDLA Defense Lawyer and Young Lawyer of the Year awardees will be celebrated.
Also, NMDLA members recently participated in a joint conference with the West Texas Association of Defense Counsel at the Inn of the Mountain Gods in Ruidoso, New Mexico. This was the second year that the NMDLA has participated in the event. The conference provided substantive information about recent developments in New Mexico and Texas law. Given the Supreme Court’s decision to allow reciprocity, the NMDLA and West Texas defense lawyers will be working with each other more often in the upcoming years. This joint conference allows attorneys from both states to meet, create contacts and network. We are grateful to NMDLA Board Members Bryan Garcia and Bill Anderson for presenting at this conference.
Finally, several successful jury verdicts have been reported in the last quarter. Congratulations to all defense law firms that have tried cases this year. We look forward to receiving information about any new trial verdicts, which will benefit other NMDLA members in their own evaluations.
I hope that all of our members have great success in the upcoming months.
Richard M. Padilla