New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association 


The New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association is dedicated to continuing legal education, helping members improve their skills and knowledge by offering seminars and publications throughout the year. Our calendar will be updated as we develop seminars and more details become available. For this reason, we recommend that you check back often (we also provide an RSS feed for your convenience).

SAVE THESE DATES - Upcoming 2014 CLE Seminars             

June 27 ~ Defense Trial Academy: Basic Skills ~ State Bar Center Auditorium

August 8 - 9 ~ Joint TADC/NMDLA Seminar for New Lawyers ~ Inn of the Mountain Gods, Ruidoso

August 15 ~ Women in the Courtroom V ~ Albuquerque Jewish Community Center

October 3 ~ Annual Meeting Luncheon, Awards and CLE ~ Andaluz Hotel, Albuquerque

December 5~ 2014 Annual Civil Rights Seminar ~ Albuquerque Jewish Community Center

Video Streaming Catalog:  At this time we are temporarily suspending the sale of CLE videos. When this service is once again available a link will be provided here. 

Upcoming events

    • 08 Aug 2014
    • 6:00 PM
    • 09 Aug 2014
    • 1:00 PM
    • Inn of the Mountain Gods ~ Ruidoso, NM
    NM Defense Lawyers Association & West Texas TADC present a joint seminar  


    Friday & Saturday, August 8-9, 2014  


    CLE credits offered: 4 General and 1 Ethics/Professionalism NM MCLE Credits 


    Opening Reception: Friday, August 8 at 6:00 pm 

    First session starts promptly on Saturday, August 9 at 7:30 am.


    The seminar will take place at

    Inn of the Mountain Gods ~ Ruidoso, NM  

    287 Carrizo Canyon Road, Mescalero, NM 88340

    Toll-Free: (800) 545-9011  

    For directions go to:



    Click Here

    to download seminar brochure and registration form (PDF)

    Return registration forms to:
    400 W. 15th Street, Suite 420
    Austin, TX 78701
    Phone: 512.476.5225
    Fax: 512.476.5384



    • Lawrence M. Doss, Mullin, Hoard & Brown, LLP, Lubbock
    • Slater Elza, The Underwood Law Firm, P.C., Amarillo
    • Pat Long Weaver, Burleson, LLP, Midland
    • The Honorable Gary Bellair, Craig, Terrill, Hale & Grantham, L.L.P., Lubbock
    • Bill Anderson, Orraj, Anderson, Obrey-Espinoza, Las Cruces
    • Bryan Garcia, The Narvaez Law Firm, Albuquerque
    • The Honorable Steven L. Bell, 5th Judicial District of New Mexico, Division X
    • Leonard R. (Bud) Grossman, Craig, Terrill, Hale & Grantham, L.L.P., Lubbock
    • Mike Thompson, Wright & Greenhill, Austin
    • Rachel Moreno, Kemp Smith, LLP, El Paso

    Hotel Reservation Information

    For hotel reservations, CONTACT THE INN OF THE MOUNTAIN GODS DIRECTLY AT 800/545-9011 and reference the TADC West Texas Seminar. The TADC has secured a block of rooms at a FANTASTIC rate. It is IMPORTANT that you make your reservations as soon as possible as the room block is limited. Any room requests after the deadline date, or after the room block is filled, will be on a space available basis.


    • 15 Aug 2014
    • 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Jewish Community Center of Greater Albuquerque

    New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association proudly presents 

    This is Your Life! Authenticity in the
    Age of Appearances

    The New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association proudly presents Part V of “Power Lessons for the Female Litigator,” a dynamic seminar designed for New Mexico lawyers. This seminar will enhance the skills of all female attorneys as they work together to represent their clients, advance in their firms, agencies, offices and beyond. It is designed for women who want to refine their skills and gain practical, diverse perspectives on balance, ambition and achievement. The seminar addresses the unique challenges women face in the practice of law and offers an alternative model for success, based on our distinctive communication styles and personalities. It is also an opportunity to network with other accomplished women lawyers. Law firm managers and clients who want to recruit and retain talented female attorneys are also encouraged to attend. 

    S. Carolyn Ramos, Esq., Program Chair

    4.5 General, 1.0 Ethics/Professionalism  NM MCLE Credits

    Co-Sponsored By: 
    Butt Thornton & Baehr, PC
    Federal Bar Association
    McHard Accounting Consulting, LLC
    Professional Medical Evaluations, PC 
    Sutin Thayer & Browne, PC
    Trambley's Court Reporting

    To Download a Brochure & Registration Form (PDF)

    The seminar will be held at:
    Jewish Community Center of Greater Albuquerque
    5520 Wyoming Blvd., NE
    Albuquerque, New Mexico 87109
    Location Map and Directions 


    • Honorable C. Shannon Bacon, Second Judicial District Court, Albuquerque
    • Honorable Angie K. Schneider, Twelfth Judicial District Court, Alamogordo
    • Honorable Sarah M. Singleton, First Judicial District Court, Santa Fe
    • Honorable Karen Ballard Molzen, Chief Magistrate Judge, US District Court 
    • Honorable Linda M. Vanzi, NM Court of Appeals
    • Honorable Wendy E. York, Second Judicial District Court (Ret.)


    • Mary M. Behm, Esq.
    • Eugenia Brazwell, Ph.D. 
    • Courtenay L. Keller, Esq.
    • Quiana A. Salazar-King, Esq. 
    • Agnes Fuentevilla Padilla, Esq.
    • S. Carolyn Ramos, Esq.
    • Maureen A. Sanders, Esq.
    • Kelloir Smith, Ph.D.

    Handouts will be provided on flash drives at the seminar and will also be available from the NMDLA website starting August 12. 

    Cancellations/Refunds: Cancellations will be accepted in writing if received by 5:00 pm, Monday, August 11 less a $25 handling fee. No refunds will be given after that date.

Past events

27 Jun 2014 Defense Practice Academy: Basic Skills
14 Mar 2014 NMDLA Luncheon & CLE, Same-Sex Marriage: Implications for NM Employers
06 Dec 2013 2013 Annual Civil Rights Seminar
11 Oct 2013 2013 NMDLA Awards Luncheon, CLE, and Annual Meeting - Pants on Fire: False Testimony by Clients and Witnesses
07 Dec 2012 2012 Annual Civil Rights Seminar
05 Oct 2012 2012 NMDLA Awards Luncheon, CLE, and Annual Meeting - Friend or Foe: Addressing ethical and litigation issues facing the modern defense attorney and the judiciary in the age of Social Media
24 Aug 2012 Women in the Courtroom IV: Empathy and Empowerment
20 Jun 2012 NMDLA Member Networking Lunch, "Effective Voir Dire"
20 Apr 2012 NMDLA Member Networking Lunch
09 Dec 2011 For 2011 credits, click the CLE tab above to see seminars recently added to NMDLA's video catalog!
02 Dec 2011 2011 Annual Civil Rights Seminar
11 Nov 2011 Effective Communication and Presentation Skills for Attorneys, November 11, 2011
07 Oct 2011 Reaching New Heights—Understanding the Practice of Law in the New World of 2012—NMDLA Awards Luncheon, CLE, and Annual Meeting
20 May 2011 Defense Practice Academy: Basic Skills
17 Dec 2010 2010 Annnual Civil Rights Seminar
18 Nov 2010 Day in Discovery, with Speaker James McElheney, Esq.
14 Oct 2010 NMDLA Annual Meeting: MEDIATION - Bench and Bar Perspective
27 Aug 2010 Can We Talk? Women in the Courtroom III: Power Lessons for the Female Litigator
13 May 2010 Advanced Trial Techniques Seminar: "Meeting the Challenge of Catastrophic Cases and Avoiding Runaway Jury Verdicts"
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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