Category Archives: New Mexico Court of Appeals

NM Court of Appeals: Police not immune from loss of consortium claims

In Thompson v. City of Albuquerque, the Court of Appeals has held that the Tort Claims Act does not shield law enforcement officers from loss of consortium claims. The unanimous opinion in this case was written by Judge Michael Bustamante.

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Have lunch with Chief Judge Michael Vigil

On Friday, June 10, the Appellate Practice Section will be hosting a brown-bag lunch with Chief Judge Michael Vigil of the Court of Appeals. The lunch will begin at noon at the State Bar Center in Albuquerque. Space is limited, … Continue reading

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Judge Hanisee to speak at Albuquerque Lawyers Club on May 4

Judge Miles Hanisee of the New Mexico Court of Appeals will speak at a lunch meeting of the Albuquerque Lawyers Club on May 4, 2016, at noon, at Seasons Rotisserie and Grill in Albuquerque. The luncheon is free to members, … Continue reading

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Stephen French’s investiture as a judge on the NM Court of Appeals to be held on April 21

The Court of Appeals has announced that Judge Stephen French’s investiture ceremony will occur on Thursday, April 21, 2016, at 4:30 p.m., at the Court of Appeals building in Albuquerque, the Pamela B. Minzner Law Center at 2211 Tucker NE. … Continue reading

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New Mexico Court of Appeals celebrates 50th anniversary

On Friday, April 1, the New Mexico Court of Appeals celebrated 50 years of existence. Some of the Court’s history is recounted in this op-ed by Judge Zamora and Judge Bustamante, which ran in the Santa Fe New Mexican. A … Continue reading

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Help the NM Court of Appeals celebrate its 50th Anniversary on April 1

On Friday, April 1, the New Mexico Court of Appeals will hold a reception to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of its existence. The celebration will be held at the Court of Appeals building in Albuquerque, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 … Continue reading

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NM Court of Appeals: Statutes mean what they say

Two recent decisions by our Court of Appeals, both written by Judge Bustamante, and both issued on February 9, have rejected attempts by parties to expand statutes beyond their plain meaning. In Wells Fargo Bank N.A. v. Pyle, a foreclosure … Continue reading

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Stephen French sworn in as a New Mexico Court of Appeals judge

On Friday morning, Stephen French was sworn in as a judge of the New Mexico Court of Appeals. Judge Miles Hanisee administered the oath of office. I have heard there will be a public welcoming ceremony for Judge French, but … Continue reading

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NM Court of Appeals: Man who shot friend through front door entitled to self-defense instruction

Requildo Cardenas was jolted awake at 1:30 a.m. by someone banging on his front door. He grabbed a gun and demanded to know who was there, but received no answer. Instead, the unknown person continued banging on the door. Cardenas … Continue reading

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NM Court of Appeals: Attorney-client arbitration contracts must be supported by informed consent

When Ray Castillo retained lawyers to represent him in his personal injury case, he signed a contract with them which provided that “[s]hould any dispute arise, Client and Attorney agree to submit their dispute to arbitration.” When Castillo later sued … Continue reading

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