Category Archives: New Mexico Supreme Court

Interview with Chief Judge Michael Vigil, Democratic candidate for the NM Supreme Court

I recently met with Chief Judge Michael Vigil of the New Mexico Court of Appeals. He is the Democratic candidate for the New Mexico Supreme Court in next month’s general election. You can find his campaign website here. Q.  I’m … Continue reading

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Interview with Justice Judith Nakamura, Republican candidate for the New Mexico Supreme Court

I recently met with Justice Judith Nakamura, who was appointed to the New Mexico Supreme Court in 2015 by Governor Martinez. She is running to keep her seat as the Republican candidate in this year’s general election. Her campaign website … Continue reading

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Santa Fe New Mexican endorses Vigil, French for NM appellate courts

The Santa Fe New Mexican has endorsed Chief Judge Michael Vigil, the Democratic candidate for the New Mexico Supreme Court, and Judge Stephen French, the Republican candidate for the New Mexico Court of Appeals. The editorial, however, also has very nice things … Continue reading

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Register for the NM Appellate Bench & Bar Conference on October 28

On Friday, October 28, the New Mexico Bench and Bar Conference will take place at the Supreme Court in Santa Fe. If you want to learn more about appellate practice in New Mexico, or ask questions of our appellate judges, … Continue reading

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Former New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Dan Sosa, Jr. dies at 92

According to this report by Steve Ramirez in the Las Cruces Sun-News, one of the giants of the New Mexico legal community, former Justice Dan Sosa, Jr., passed away on Saturday in Las Cruces. Justice Sosa was born in humble … Continue reading

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NM Supreme Court: Whistleblowers can’t sue state officials in their personal capacities

Former New Mexico Secretary of State Mary Herrera allegedly fired two employees of her office in 2010 for speaking with the FBI, which was investigating her conduct. The employees sued Herrera under the New Mexico Whistleblower Protection Act. Last year, … Continue reading

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NM Supreme Court rejects right to assisted suicide

The New Mexico Supreme Court has issued a unanimous opinion (written by Justice Chavez) in Morris v. Brandenburg rejecting the claim that the New Mexico Constitution creates a right to assisted suicide. Because the plaintiffs based their claim solely on … Continue reading

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NM Supreme Court restricts judges’ use of social media. Did it go too far?

Yesterday the New Mexico Supreme Court issued an opinion in State v. Thomas, reversing a murder conviction because an expert witness for the prosecution testified via Skype, which the Court held violated the Confrontation Clause. But the Court, in an … Continue reading

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NM Supreme Court: Flat fees for contract public defenders don’t violate right to effective assistance

In the first episode of Better Call Saul‘s first season, Jimmy McGill complains about the $700 paycheck he received for representing three teenagers accused of indecent acts as a New Mexico contract public defender. While that scene was played for … Continue reading

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NM Supreme Court: Fraudulent concealment doctrine applies to wrongful death claims

The New Mexico Supreme Court has held that the doctrine of fraudulent concealment can toll the statute of limitations for wrongful death claims. The opinion is Estate of Brice v. Toyota Motor Corporation, written by Justice Maes (Justice Nakamura did … Continue reading

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