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Letter From The President
Dear Members of the NMDLA:
I cordially invite you and members of your firm to attend the 2016 NMDLA Annual Meeting, which will be held on Friday, October 14, 2016, at Hotel Andaluz in downtown Albuquerque. During the luncheon, we will honor Lee Rogers of Atwood, Malone, Turner & Sabin, P.A., and Corinne L. Holt of Allen, Shepherd, Lewis & Syra, P.A., our 2016 Outstanding Civil Defense Lawyer of the Year and 2016 Young Lawyer of the Year, respectively. Following the luncheon, the CLE portion of the meeting will include a presentation by Christopher Martin of Martin, Disiere, Jefferson & Wisdom, LLP, in Houston, Texas, on “Jury Selection in the 21st Century: Millennials, Misfits and More” and a Panel of Distinguished Judges moderated by NMDLA Board Member Cody Rogers. Thank you to NMDLA Board Member and President-Elect Courtenay Keller for organizing such a great event.
In addition to the Annual Meeting, the NMDLA has two year-end CLEs scheduled for those of you looking for great content (or last-minute CLE credits). On Friday, December 2, 2016, the NMDLA will present its Annual Civil Rights Seminar at the Greater Albuquerque Jewish Community Center. NMDLA Board Members Bryan Garcia and Cody Rogers are chairing this CLE. On Friday, December 16, 2016, we will present a full-day CLE divided into a half-day of Ethics/Professionalism and a half-day dedicated to Young Lawyers. David Gonzales, the chair of the NMDLA Young Lawyers Committee, is working hard to put together a great program.
On August 29, 2016, the NMDLA was notified by DRI, the Voice of the Defense Bar, that we have been selected to receive the 2016 SLDO (State and Local Defense Organizations) Diversity Award. The award will be presented at the DRI Annual Meeting in Boston, MA, during the Awards Luncheon on Thursday, October, 20, 2016. If you will be in Boston for the DRI Annual Meeting, please make it a point to attend the Awards Luncheon as we graciously accept this award.
I am past due in publically saying thank you to a number of people for their invaluable contributions to recent events. Thank you Robert Sabin and Mary Behm, and their distinguished speakers, for putting together a very successful Mediation and Medical Negligence CLE on April 29. Thank you David Gonzales for organizing, and Carolyn Ramos and Butt Thornton & Baehr, P.C., for hosting, our annual Young Lawyers Mix & Mingle on May 19. Thank you Carolyn Ramos (again), and her distinguished speakers, for putting together the always popular Women in the Courtroom CLE on August 5. Thank you Mark Standridge for preparing an Amicus Brief on behalf of the NMDLA in Vasquez v. American Casualty Company, a copy of which you can find on the NMDLA website.
As an organization, we are fortunate to have such gifted and talented people volunteer their time and energy, and we are immensely thankful for their contributions. If you would like to volunteer, in any capacity, please contact me or any other Board member.
I hope the last few months of 2016 offer smooth sailing in all you do, and I look forward to seeing all of you at the Annual Meeting.
Sean E. Garrett
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The New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association has been selected by DRI, the Voice of the Defense Bar, to receive the 2016 SLDO Diversity Award. The award will be presented at the DRI Annual Meeting Awards Luncheon, October 20th in Boston.
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