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2023 Annual Meeting

October 11, 2023

2023 Annual Meeting


Free NMDLA Membership to First-Time Members

February 28, 2023

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New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association
222 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 1870
Chicago, IL 60606


New Website

February 13, 2023

NMDLA is proud to announce the relaunch of our website. We invite you to explore our new and improved presence on the Internet and enhanced features to better serve our members.

Upcoming NMDLA Events

2024 Annual Meeting

September 20, 2024, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Double Tree by Hilton at the Albuquerque Convention Center

201 Marquette Avenue NW

Click here to register.

Women in the Courtroom-Ninth Edition

November 8, 2024, 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Jewish Community Center, 5520 Wyoming Blvd., Albuquerque, NM

Click here to register.


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President's Message

March is already upon us, which means the first day of Spring is here and we are moving towards our state's warm, sunny days. Two other March-related events also come to mind as relevant to our practice – International Women's History Month and March Madness.

Soon, you should be receiving a Save the Date reminder for our biennial Women in the Courtroom CLE, which will take place, this year, on November 8. This is one of the NMDLA's most well-received CLEs and this year will be no exception. Effective January 1, 2024, Rule 18-201 (D) requires at least one hour of CLE training in subjects dealing with Equity in Justice. We are already working on ensuring that the Women in the Courtroom CLE will fulfill this requirement.

International Women's History Month is also a great opportunity to discuss NMDLA's new Women in the Law Section. This section will be a group for women defense attorneys to come together to discuss pertinent issues related to women and the defense bar. Amy Headrick has agreed to spearhead this new endeavor on behalf of the Board of Directors, and I am excited to see it get up and running!

Sorry to disappoint basketball fans, but my reference to March Madness is not about brackets. Often, it seems that the practice of law can feel like madness. As I speak with other members of the NMDLA, so often the complaint is how busy the practice has become. We are not alone – as I speak to friends who don't practice law, they face similar pressures.

My goal for this year is to provide more opportunities to engage with others, through CLEs, networking events or opportunities to volunteer. I don't think I am alone in thinking the practice of law has changed drastically in the last couple years. Please remember to make time to develop (and enjoy) your personal and professional relationships with your colleagues on either side.

Regarding volunteers, I want to take time to thank each of the volunteers that help this organization, particularly our outgoing President, Ryan Sanders, who has continued to provide a lot of guidance for me so far this year. If you are looking for opportunities to get involved with the NMDLA, please don't hesitate to reach out to any of the board members. Each of us has our contact information listed on the website.

Jeffrey Mitchell, NMDLA President


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New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association
222 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 1870, Chicago, IL 60606
Cheryl Palombizio, Executive Director
312.698.6207   312.252.1156 (fax)