Author Archives: Emil J. Kiehne

RIP: Former New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Dan Sisk

I regret to report that former Justice Daniel A. Sisk, who served on the New Mexico Supreme Court in 1970, has passed away. Mr. Sisk was also a “name” partner at my law firm. Unfortunately, I never had the opportunity … Continue reading

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E-filing starts at the New Mexico Court of Appeals on August 21!

The long-awaited day is finally at hand! On Monday, August 21, e-filing begins at the New Mexico Court of Appeals. It may be a coincidence that this is the date of the total solar eclipse, but then again, it may … Continue reading

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NMCA: Corpus delicti rule satisfied by circumstantial evidence

The Court of Appeals, in State v. Platero, has overturned a trial court order dismissing a vehicular homicide charge before trial because the State did not plan to offer any expert testimony that the rollover car crash at issue killed … Continue reading

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Register now for the 2017 New Mexico Appellate Practice Institute

Registration is now open for this year’s New Mexico Appellate Practice Institute, the annual all-day CLE program sponsored by the Appellate Practice Section. The seminar will take place on Friday, September 15, at the State Bar Center in Albuquerque. Until … Continue reading

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Save the date for the 2017 New Mexico Appellate Practice Institute

This year’s entire day of appellate goodness and CLE credits will take place on Friday, September 15 at the State Bar Center in Albuquerque. We are thrilled to have, as our keynote speaker, the Honorable James E. Graves, Jr. of … Continue reading

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NMSC: Tort Claims Act waives sovereign immunity for loss of consortium claims

Today the New Mexico Supreme Court issued its decision in Thompson v. City of Albuquerque, holding that the Tort Claims Act waives the state government’s sovereign immunity for loss of consortium claims. The case was brought by the minor children … Continue reading

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Judge Jim Wechsler to retire from NM Court of Appeals

After more than 22 years of service on the New Mexico Court of Appeals, Judge Jim Wechsler has announced that he will be retiring on July 31, 2017, according to this story by Phaedra Haywood in the Santa Fe New … Continue reading

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Nakamura sworn in as New Mexico’s Chief Justice

Yesterday, the New Mexico Supreme Court’s newest member, Judith Nakamura, was sworn in as Chief Justice. She succeeds Justice Charles Daniels in that post. The swearing-in ceremony took place yesterday at the New Mexico Judicial Conclave here in Albuquerque. You … Continue reading

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Have lunch with Judge Vargas of the NM Court of Appeals

Tomorrow, Friday, June 2, the Appellate Practice Section of the New Mexico State Bar will host a brown-bag lunch with Judge Julie Vargas of the New Mexico Court of Appeals. This is an opportunity to learn more about the Court … Continue reading

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10th Cir. Chief Judge Tymkovich speaks on judicial independence at University of Chicago.

Recently, Tenth Circuit Chief Judge Timothy Tymkovich spoke at the University of Chicago Law School on “Judicial Independence From Jay to Roberts.” Here is a report on his talk. Hat tip to How Appealing.

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