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             

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

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

Self-Study Video CLE Catalog:  To view a catalog of the available DVD videos for self-study and to download an order form, please visit our CLE DVD Catalog.

Upcoming events

    • 03 Oct 2014
    • 11:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Hotel Andaluz, Downtown Albuquerque - 125 South Second St. NW Albuquerque, NM 87102

    Join the NMDLA as it celebrates the outstanding achievements of the Defense Lawyer of the Year and Young Defense Lawyer of 2014. This year’s CLE program will feature nationally recognized lecturer, James P. Cooney III, Esq., who will provide a comprehensive overview and discussion of a high-profile case he successfully defended in North Carolina, immediately followed by a distinguished panel of judges discussing the role of the mediator and tips for obtaining effective settlements.

    1.5 General, 1.0 Ethics/Professionalism NM MCLE Credits

    NMDLA will also hold an awards ceremony at the Annual Luncheon to recognize the outstanding achievements of the Defense Lawyer of the Year and the Young Lawyer of 2014. Help us congratulate this year's award winners.

    Outstanding Civil Defense Lawyer of the Year Award

    Stephen G. French , Esq.
    French & Associates, P.C. 

    Young Lawyer of the Year Award
    Alicia Santos, Esq. 
    O’Brien & Padilla, P.C.,

    Following the judges panel please stay for a reception at Ibiza Patio Lounge in the Hotel Andaluz.

    For more information on schedule,
    courses, and award winners Click Here to download the brochure (pdf)

    The 2014 NMDLA Annual Meeting will be held at:

    Hotel Andaluz
    125 South Second St.NW
    Albuquerque, NM 87102

    For directions visit

    Valet parking is available. Albuquerque’s world famous International Balloon Fiesta runs from October 4-12. Make your hotel and travel plans early. For hotel reservations call Hotel Andaluz 1.877.987.9090 or go to

Past events

15 Aug 2014 Women in the Courtroom V: This is Your Life! Authenticity in the Age of Appearances
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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