Dear Members of the NMDLA:
I hope your year is off to a productive start. I want to start this letter by thanking the NMDLA Editorial Board for their hard work in putting together another excellent newsletter. If you would like to join the NMDLA Editorial Board, we are recruiting new members. Please keep an eye out for an e-mail from NMDLA with additional details on this great opportunity.
On March 21, 2015, the NMDLA Board of Directors held a half-day retreat at Butt, Thornton & Baehr P.C. The purpose of the retreat was to identify additional areas where we, as the Board, can provide value to you, our members. During what was a very productive discussion, we were able to identify a number of different initiatives we hope to implement over the coming months. First, we will be looking to facilitate “roundtable” lunches on any topic of interest to the membership. In the event you have a topic that merits discussion with other members, please let us know. We will send an e-mail to the membership to identify others interested in discussing the same topic. Second, we are looking to expand committee participation beyond the Board. We have various committees, including the Young Lawyers Committee, the Amicus Committee, and the CLE Committee, on which we could use volunteers. Third, we plan to increase our presence on social media via Facebook and Twitter accounts, which we would use to promote upcoming events and member milestones.
We are also working on other changes to make NMDLA more accessible to our members. The current website will soon be modified to make it mobile friendly. In addition, we plan to place amicus briefs and other materials (comments, letters, etc.) submitted on behalf of NMDLA on the website. That will include, for example, the Amicus Brief filed by NMDLA in Snow v. Warren Power & Machinery, Inc., et al., a case that remains pending before the New Mexico Supreme Court.
Finally, we have a number of exciting events planned for this year. David Gonzales, chair of Young Lawyers Committee, will be hosting a young lawyers reception at Butt, Thornton & Baehr, P.C., on Thursday, June 4, from 5-7 p.m. This is a great networking opportunity and we encourage all of our young lawyer members to attend. Also, Richard Padilla, last year’s NMDLA President, is putting together an exciting slate of CLE programs for this year. We currently have the following CLE programs planned: 1) Friday, June 19 (1/2 day): Bad Faith; 2) Friday, August 7 & Saturday, August 8: Joint TADC/NMDLA Seminar (Ruidoso); 3) Friday, September 25: Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon Event; 4) Friday, October 23: Summary Jury Trials (1/2 day) / Advanced Trial Practice (1/2 day); and 5) Friday, December 4: Annual Civil Rights Seminar.
Please let us know if you are willing to volunteer in any capacity. I encourage you to contact me or any other member of the Board with any questions.
Sean E. Garrett