The New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association provides support, education and training for attorneys who represent persons accused of crime. NMCDLA also advocates fair and effective criminal justice in the courts, the legislature and in the community.


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NMCDLA Letter to Supreme Court on COVID and Trials

NMCDLA has significant concerns as to the ability of the courts to safely conduct jury trials while at the same time protecting the constitutional rights of our clients.

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Mental Disabilities and Competency CLE

Join us on Friday, August 28 for "Experts, Ethics and Inexact Science That Will Make Your Head Spin" and earn 7.25 CLE hours!

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A Farewell to Cathy Ansheles

NMCDLA said goodbye to long-time Executive Director, Cathy Ansheles, at the annual membership meeting on June 19. Members presented Cathy with a custom piece of art to thank her for her leadership and commitment to justice. Select "Read More" to watch the video tribute to Cathy.

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– Justice Hugo Black, United States Supreme Court

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