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Friday, April 23 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Via Live Webcast
3.5 General CLE Credit Hours and 2.5. Ethics/Professionalism CLE Credit Hours

Moderated by NMCDLA CLE Committee Chair Teri Duncan, Duncan Earnest LLC


9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.  Trust Accounts/Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTA) [Ethics/Professionalism Credit]
Presented by Anne Taylor, Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court, and William Slease, State Bar of New Mexico

Can I buy you a drink? The rules and obligations of attorneys with regards to their Interest on Lawyers Trust (IOLTA) accounts seems clear on the surface. However – as can be seen from a perusal of the bar’s disciplinary notices – it’s not.

Join us for your mandatory refresher on IOLTA rules by two attorneys who know it best!

10:05 a.m. – 11:05 a.m. Legislative Update on 2021 Regular and Special Sessions and State Representative Gail Chasey on How to Successfully Prepare for and Navigate the Roundhouse
Presented by Jonathan Ibarra, State Office of the Public Defender, Rikki Lee Chavez, New Mexico Capitol Consulting, and State Representative Gail Chasey

The 2021 New Mexico Legislative session ended on March 20 at noon, and more than 110 pieces of legislation were sent to the Governor for approval.

The first part of this session will provide a summary of passed legislation that has an impact on the criminal defense system, as well as provide an update on the progress of bills and issues important to criminal defense attorneys.

The second part will feature State Representative Gail Chasey speaking about how to properly prepare for the Legislative Session and how to successfully navigate the Roundhouse during the session.

11:05 a.m. – 11:15 am Morning Break

11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Compassionate Release/First Step Act
Presented by Anne Lyman, Office of the Federal Public Defender

Can the cruel be kind? Convincing Courts and Prosecutors to show mercy and reduce your client’s sentence based on compassionate release and the first step act.

12:45 p.m. – 1:25 p.m. Lunch Break

1:25 p.m. – 2:25 p.m. Custody Issues Facing Clients With Both Federal And State Charges
Presented by Amanda Skinner, Office of the Federal Public Defender

Double, Double, Toil and Trouble…What to do when your client is caught in the cauldron of both federal and state prosecutions and how to make sure that as much of their time goes toward both sentences.

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. The Mauritanian [Ethics/Professionalism Credit]
Presented by Nancy Hollander, Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg Urias & Ward P.A., and Mohamedou Ould Slahi, Author

Mohamedou Ould Slahi and Nancy Hollander will talk about maintaining a productive working relationship when counsel cannot share all relevant information with a client due to protective orders or other restrictions.  They will also answer questions about the film, The Mauritanian, which is based on Mohamedou’s best-selling book, Guantanamo Diary.  In the film (which is available on video streaming platforms like Amazon and iTunes), Mohamedou is played by Tahar Rahim and Nancy by Jodie Foster.