New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association 

CLE  Seminars and Events

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.


August 11-12
Joint West Texas TADC / NMDLA CLE Seminar ~ Inn of the Mountain Gods, Ruidoso

September 29
Annual Meeting Luncheon, Awards and CLE ~ Hotel Chaco, Albuquerque

December 8
2017 Annual Civil Rights Seminar ~ Albuquerque Jewish Community Center

Upcoming events

    • 27 Sep 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
    • Conference Call

    “The New Mexico Whistleblower Protection Act: Current Developments"

    NMDLA has launched a new opportunity to communicate with colleagues on a variety of hot topics of current interest to the defense bar. Members are invited to dial in over the lunch hour and talk to each other directly in our telephonic “Brownbag Roundtables.” These calls are not CLE, just an opportunity to connect with each other. If you have a burning issue you’d like to discuss, let us know at


    The conversation will occur at lunchtime on

    Wednesday, September 27th

    12:00 p.m. MDT

    Cody R. Rogers will lead a discussion on

    “The New Mexico Whistleblower Protection Act: Current Developments.” 

    However, you are invited to raise any topic of interest during the call.

    *Upon registration all registrants will receive an email confirmation containing the call in number and access code. 

    Please contact Jean Gibson with questions at or by phone 505.797.6021.

    • 29 Sep 2017
    • 11:30 AM - 5:30 PM
    • Hotel Chaco, Old Town - 2000 Bellamah Ave. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104


    Join the New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association at its Annual Awards Luncheon, Annual Meeting and CLE.

    Program Brochure 

    (For more information on schedule, courses, and award winners download the PDF)

    Event Chair: Cody R. Rogers, NMDLA President-Elect

    Awards Ceremony

    12 noon - 1:15 pm

    NMDLA will 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 2017. We invite you to help us congratulate this year's award winners.

    Outstanding Civil Defense Lawyer
    of the Year Award Winner

    Mark Mowery, Esq.
    Rodey Law Firm

    Young Lawyer of the Year Award Winner

    Justin D. Goodman, Esq.
    Stiff, Keith, & Garcia, LLC


    1:30 - 3:45 pm

    "Channeling Your Inner Napoleon - Applying the Principles of War to your Litigation Campaigns" 
    (1.0 General Credit)

    Presented by Edward P. Perdue, Esq.

    In this presentation Captain Perdue describes the universal principles of war, and explains their application to the business and legal worlds. Concepts such as mass, offensive, surprise and maneuver are discussed in the context of litigation campaigns. Practitioners will gain a new appreciation for new tactics and/or a greater understanding of the philosophy behind techniques they are already employing in the course of their case management.

    Perspective from the Bench  
    (1.0 E/P Credits)

    The panel of distinguished retired judges will discuss ethics and professionalism topics from their retrospective view of their careers on the bench. Moderated by Tomas J. Garcia , Esq.

    Hon. Michael D. Bustamante, Retired from NM Court of Appeals
    Hon. Jerry H. Ritter, Retired from 12th Judicial District Court
    Hon. Wendy E. York, Retired from 2nd Judicial District Court

    reception at Level 5

    4:00 - 5:30 pm

    Please stay for a reception at Level 5 Rooftop Restaurant and Lounge in the Hotel Chaco

    The 2017 NMDLA Annual Meeting will be held at:

    Hotel Chaco
    2000 Bellamah Ave. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104

    For directions visit

    For hotel reservations call Hotel Chaco 1-866-505-7829 or go to

Past events

23 Aug 2017 NMDLA Member Brownbag Roundtable for August
19 Apr 2017 NMDLA Member Brownbag Roundtable for April
15 Feb 2017 NMDLA Member Brownbag Roundtable
16 Dec 2016 1/2 Day Defense Practice-Basic Skills, 1/2 Day Ethics and Professionalism
02 Dec 2016 2016 Annual Civil Rights Seminar
14 Oct 2016 2016 NMDLA ANNUAL MEETING - Awards Luncheon and CLE
05 Aug 2016 I’M WITH HER! Women in the Courtroom VI: Uniting for Success
29 Jul 2016 2016 Joint NMDLA & TADC Seminar
29 Apr 2016 Mediation Seminar and MedMal Seminar
04 Dec 2015 2015 Annual Civil Rights Seminar
23 Oct 2015 Bad Faith Seminar and Summary Jury Trials Seminar
25 Sep 2015 30 Year Anniversary Celebration, Awards Luncheon and CLE
07 Aug 2015 2015 Joint NMDLA & TADC Seminar
05 Dec 2014 2014 Annual Civil Rights Seminar
03 Oct 2014 2014 NMDLA ANNUAL MEETING - Awards Luncheon and CLE - Ethically Handling & Settling High Profile Cases
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
Email: | Phone: 505.797.6021 | Fax: 877.245.5021


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