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Letter From The President

Dear Members of the NMDLA:

Let me start this Message from the President with a gigantic thank you to our Co-Editors in Chief, Courtenay Keller and Erica Neff, and the many members of the Board of Editors. This group does an amazing job putting the Defense News together on a regular basis.

Though we are nearing the end of the year, NMDLA has a number of exciting things going on as we close out 2016. First, did you know the NMDLA Student Chapter now officially exists at the University Of New Mexico School Of Law? The Student Chapter held a tabling event on September 27, 2106, and an informational meeting on October 26, 2016. In conjunction with the formation of the NMDLA Student Chapter, NMDLA is sponsoring a writing competition regarding “forum shopping” and asking students to answer the question – should forum shopping continue to be permitted in New Mexico? We will publish some of the top entries in a future edition of Defense News.

Are you in need of year-end CLE credit? If so, NMDLA has two great upcoming opportunities to earn credits. On Friday, December 2, 2016, the Annual Civil Rights Seminar will be held at the Albuquerque Jewish Community Center, and on Friday, December 16, 2016, a full-day CLE divided into Ethics/ Professionalism and topics of interest to Young Lawyers will be held at the same location.

In Amicus Brief news, the Supreme Court issued a ruling favorable to NMDLA’s position in Vasquez v. American Casualty Company. Mark Standridge did an outstanding job of preparing the NMDLA’s Amicus Brief, and you can find both the brief and the opinion on the NMDLA website.

Thank you to those of you who attended the NMDLA Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon on October 14, 2016. Those of us in attendance were treated to a great luncheon, where we honored Lee Rogers of Atwood, Malone, Turner & Sabin, P.A., and Corinne L. Holt of Allen, Shepherd, Lewis & Syra, P.A., as our 2016 Outstanding Civil Defense Lawyer of the Year and 2016 Young Lawyer of the Year, respectively. Following the luncheon, Christopher Martin provided a fascinating look at “Jury Selection in the 21st Century: Millennials, Misfits and More” and Judge Manuel Arrieta, Judge C. Shannon Bacon, Judge Alan Malott, and Judge Louis McDonald served on a distinguished panel to discuss various topics related to jury selection and civil trial practice. Courtenay Keller, NMDLA Board Member and President-Elect, did a great job putting this program together.

It has, once again, been an honor and privilege to serve as NMDLA president. Courtenay Keller, of Riley, Shane & Keller, P.A., and Cody Rogers, of Miller Stratvert, PA, will do an exceptional job as President and President-Elect, respectively, in 2017. I want to thank the NMDLA Board of Directors for their hard work these last two years and, of course, a special thank you to my wife, and NMDLA past-president, Carolyn Ramos, for the countless ways in which she has helped me serve as President.

Best wishes for a happy and productive finish to 2016.

Sean E. Garrett
Conklin, Woodcock & Ziegler, PC
2015-2016 NMDLA President

Christopher J. DeLar

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DRI Honors NMDLA with Diversity Award  

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.

Congratulations to our 2016 NMDLA Lawyer of the Year Award Winners 

Winner of the Outstanding Civil Defense Lawyer of the Year Award is Lee M. Rogers, Jr., Esq. of Atwood Malone Turner & Sabin, PA. This year’s Young Lawyer of the Year Award goes to Corinne L. Holt, Esq. of Allen Shepherd Lewis & Syra, PA. Awards will be presented on October 14, 2016 in Downtown Albuquerque at the Hotel Andaluz.

Read the Amicus Brief filed on May 11th  

Racheal Vasquez, Personal Representative v. American Casualty Co. of Reading, Pennsylvania
No. S-1-SC-35681, New Mexico Supreme Court, May 11, 2016


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