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Letter From The President
Please join me in congratulating S. Carolyn Ramos, our Outstanding Civil Defense Lawyer of the Year, and David Gonzales, our Young Lawyer of the Year. NMDLA celebrated our remarkable colleagues’ successes and accomplishments at NMDLA’s Annual Meeting on September 28. A big thanks to our interesting CLE speaker, DRI President Toyja Kelly, and the participants on our judges’ panel, Hon. Nancy Franchini, Hon. Alan Malott, Court of Appeals Judge Emil Kiehne, and Supreme Court Justice Gary Clingman.
I want to make everyone aware that we are changing the format of next year’s Annual Meeting. The CLE presentation will likely take place in the afternoon, followed by an awards banquet. A golf outing will follow the next morning. If anyone has suggestions or would like to discuss these changes, I encourage you to contact me.
NMDLA rounds out its fall CLE seminars with the annual Civil Rights seminar on December 7. Renowned constitutional scholar Sheldon Nahmod will speak at the Civil Rights seminar, which will also feature an interactive panel discussion on defending claims brought pursuant to the New Mexico Whistleblower Protection Act. I encourage you join us at one or both seminars.
Exciting changes are coming to NMDLA’s online presence. We anticipate rolling out our new website in November. The new site will have several exciting features, including an online community that will allow members to discuss issues and topics of interest, as well as sharing documents and other materials. We will also be expanding the scope of our “Defense Verdicts” database to include “Defense Wins.” The expanded database will include motion practice, judgments as a matter of law and other successes. The new website features are designed with our members in mind, and we believe it will enhance the benefits NMDLA membership provides to your practice.
Author and management expert Ken Blanchard says “feedback is the breakfast of champions.” I encourage you as our members to let us know what you think we’re doing well, and what we could do better. I also encourage you to reach out if you have ideas for CLE programs, would like to present at a CLE, or if you would like to submit an article for Defense News. This organization thrives on the participation of its members, and I encourage you to participate in any way you can.
There is no real debate that fall is New Mexico’s most beautiful season. Enjoy yours and take care!
Cody R. Rogers, Esq.
Jarmie & Associates
2018 NMDLA President
Congratulations to the 2018 NMDLA Lawyer of the Year Award Winners
The New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association is
pleased to announce that S. Carolyn Ramos has been selected as the 2018
Outstanding Civil Defense Lawyer of the Year and David Gonzales as the 2018
Young Lawyer of the Year. To read more about this year's award winners, click here.
NMDLA Seeking Editorial Board Members
The New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association seeks members to join the Defense News Editorial Board. The requirements for service on the board are minimal but crucial to the continued success of the publication.
Defense News is NMDLA's quarterly legal news journal 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 New Mexico judges, libraries and major newspapers.