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New Mexico
Criminal Defense Lawyers

P.O. Box 8324
Santa Fe, NM 87504
(505) 992-0050

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NMCDLA's 6th Annual

Thursday, April 5th - Saturday, April 7th
Greater Albuquerque Association of Realtors
1635 University Blvd NE

Thanks to our Supporters:
Platinum - $1,500

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Voir Dire • Opening Statements • Direct & Cross Examination • Closing Arguments

This program is designed to challenge you to take your trial skills to the next level. Lectures and demonstrations will be followed by small groups with members of the faculty for focused practice and constructive criticism on your presentation. All practice sessions will be based on a modest mock case file that participants will be expected to master before the session begins. While you present, you'll be recorded for a one-on-one video review session at the end of the day for further feedback.
Special feature in 2018! Forensic Pathology Fellows as Experts for Cross and Direct Examination.

2018 Trial Skills College Faculty
Barbara Bergman • Dennis Candelaria • Megan Dorsey
Teri Duncan • Barry Porter • Marc Robert
Molly Schmidt Nowara • Peter Schoenburg
David Urias • Ray Vargas • Wendy York

 Hear what past participants have said

"The Trial Skills College really gave me a great boost of confidence - I had an opportunity to learn from some of the best and brightest defense attorneys in the state, and model my own trial practice after these practitioners."

"The trial skills college was VERY helpful to me​, especially because ​the faculty​ gave me some of their very precious time, energy, wisdom and insight into the facts of ​an upcoming​ case." 

"This can only make you a better criminal defense attorney. The Trial Skills College is for anyone—those just starting out or 'veterans' who may not have had a trial in a while."

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Some partial scholarships available. Please contact the NMCDLA office at 505-992-0050 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  for more information.

NMCDLA Member in Private Practice - $525

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NMCDLA Member who is a Federal Public Defender - $450

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NMCDLA Member who is a State Public Defender - $425

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Non-NMCDLA Member in Civil Practice - $750

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