New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association 

Welcome to NMDLA!

Dear DLA Members:

The 2014 year is off to a fast and furious start.  I hope the year has been productive for everyone to date.

The DLA has been active on a number of fronts.  First, the DLA responded favorably to Justice Chavez’s proposal to host a conference on summary jury trials.  E-mails regarding this event will be sent to the DLA members in the future.  I thank all the DLA members who volunteered to assist with this conference. 

Recently, DLA Secretary/Treasurer Lorena Olmos and attorney Karen Kahn hosted a luncheon seminar regarding Same Sex Marriage:  Implications for New Mexico Employers.  By all accounts, the seminar was very interesting and informative.  A big thank you to Lorena and Karen for their hard work and innovative presentation. 

On Friday, May 2, 2014, at 5:00 P.M., DLA will host a Young Lawyers Reception (attorneys age 36 and under or practicing five years or less) at the law firm of Butt Thornton & Baehr, P.C.  Drinks and tapas will be served.  The reception will give young defense lawyers an opportunity to meet the DLA Board, network with one another and hear about opportunities to become more involved in the DLA.  Please encourage your young defense attorneys to attend this reception and contact Carolyn Ramos at to RSVP. 

The DLA will be also be hosting the following events:

June 27, 2014:             Basic Skills Seminar

August 8-9, 2014:        Joint Seminar with TADC at Inn of the Mountain Gods in Ruidoso

August 15, 2014:          Women in The Courtroom V

Finally, we would like to congratulate our newest DLA Board members:  Robert Corchine, David Gonzales and Mark Standridge.  We look forward to their involvement and participation.

The DLA Board will provide outstanding events in the upcoming months.  Please support these events with your attendance and participation, so that we can all benefit from our strong and talented community of lawyers.  We look forward to seeing you at each of these events.

Richard M. Padilla
O’Brien & Padilla, PC
2014 NMDLA President

 News & Issues

Recent Trial Decisions of Interest to Civil Defense Lawyers
To view the most recent trial decision submitted by Daniel J. O'Brien of O'Brien & Padilla, P.C. please Click Here. For other verdicts submitted in July see Jeff Ray, Esq. and Mark Mowery, Esq. of Ray, McCristrian & Jeans, P.C. / Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin & Robb, P.A. by Clicking Here. Remember, you are welcome to take advantage of NMDLA's member network by sharing your trial verdicts.

Defense News is NMDLA's quarterly newsletter containing important articles on the latest developments in the law that is circulated to all members of the New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association as well as all the New Mexico judges, major newspapers and libraries. If you would like to contribute your ideas for future articles, please click here to submit your suggestion! To see advertising rates Click Here.

NMDLA's New Linkedin Discussion Group 
Our members have asked for it and NMDLA has responded! You may now apply to join the new discussion group for NMDLA member defense lawyers on Linkedin. Membership will be restricted to full NMDLA members. The discussion group will be open for candid discussion of topics of interest to the group's members. To become a group member, sign in to your Linkedin account, click Groups and search for NMDLA. You will be notified by e-mail when your membership in the group is accepted. Click here to visit Linkedin and sign up today!

Upcoming Events

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Jean Gibson, Executive Director
PO Box 94116
Albuquerque, NM 87199-4116
505.797.6021 Phone
877.245.5021 Fax

Firm Sponsors:  Vendor Sponsors:

Butt Thornton & Baehr, PC

Civerolo, Gralow, Hill &
Curtis, P.A.

Gallagher, Casados & Mann, P.C.

Montgomery & Andrews, P.A.

Guardian Settlements

Keenan & Associates

Robson Forensic

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