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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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Commission selects four applicants for NM Supreme Court

In my earlier post about this morning’s Judicial Nominating Commission meeting, I noted that I had to leave at lunch time, so I did not get to see who was selected, but according to this story by Scott Sandlin in … Continue reading

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Nominating commission interviews NM Supreme Court applicants

This morning I had the pleasure of attending the New Mexico Judicial Nominating Commission’s meeting in Santa Fe to interview applicants for the Supreme Court seat that Justice Bosson will vacate at the end of the month. The meeting started at … Continue reading

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Eight apply for NM Supreme Court vacancy

The Santa Fe New Mexican has this story about the eight judges and lawyers who applied for the upcoming vacancy on the New Mexico Supreme Court by yesterday’s deadline. The New Mexico Judicial Nominating Commission will interview the applicants on … Continue reading

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Register now for the 2015 New Mexico Appellate Practice Institute

The 26th Annual New Mexico Appellate Practice Institute will be held on Friday, September 11, 2015 at the State Bar Center in Albuquerque. The full agenda has now been released, and highlights include: 1.  A keynote address by Judge Jimmie … Continue reading

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New Mexico Court of Appeals rejects right to assisted suicide

Today, the New Mexico Court of Appeals issued its long-awaited decision in Morris v. Brandenburg, and has held that the New Mexico Constitution creates no right to assisted suicide. This ruling is great news. The New Mexico Constitution says nothing … Continue reading

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NM Court of Appeals holds oral argument in assisted suicide case

Yesterday afternoon, before a packed courtroom, the New Mexico Court of Appeals held oral argument in the assisted suicide case, Morris v. King. In no particular order, here are my impressions of the oral argument: 1.  The Attorney General’s office, represented by … Continue reading

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Judge Miles Hanisee appears to have prevailed in the Court of Appeals race; other N.M. appellate judges easily win retention

In the latest results from the Secretary of State’s office, Judge Miles Hanisee, the incumbent and Republican candidate, holds a lead over his Democratic challenger, Kerry Kiernan. As of the time of this writing, Judge Hanisee has 242,367 votes to … Continue reading

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Non-parties who seek to enforce contract are bound by arbitration agreement, says NM Court of Appeals

Normally, arbitration is a matter of contract. If you didn’t sign an arbitration agreement, you’re not bound by it. But there are exceptions, and the New Mexico Court of Appeals recognized one of them in Damon v. StrucSure Home Warranty, … Continue reading

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NM Court of Appeals restricts scope of child abuse reporting statute

Last week, in State v. Strauch (Oct. 28, 2013), the Court of Appeals held that New Mexico’s child abuse reporting statute imposes obligations only on certain listed professionals, despite the statute’s language saying that it applies to “every person.” This decision … Continue reading

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