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- Continuing Legal Education
- Legislative Action
The Law Student Chapter of the New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association works in conjunction with the New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association to protect and ensure by rule of law those individual rights guaranteed by the New Mexico and Federal Constitutions in criminal cases; to resist the constant attempts being made to curtail these rights; to encourage cooperation between lawyers and students engaged in the furtherance of these objectives through educational programs and assistance and through these efforts to promote justice and the common good.
1.) Mentorship Program: Any law student interested in criminal defense work will be paired up with a practicing criminal defense attorney. The law student will have an opportunity to establish a meaningful professional relationship with that attorney while experiencing first-hand the practical aspects of maintaining a criminal law practice. Ideally, the law student will attend court proceedings with his/her mentor, visit his/her mentor’s law office, and begin to build a professional network within the criminal defense field. Lawyers who are interested in accommodating a mentee are encouraged to complete a Mentorship Application.
2.) Externship Opportunities: The law student chapter and the state lawyer chapter will collaborate to encourage local attorneys to host law student for summer externships. Summer externships facilitate hands-on legal experience and are excellent vehicles through which law students can enhance their legal skills and extend their professional network. By joining the Law Student Chapter, students will have priority in externship placement with practicing NMCDLA attorneys.
Membership Discounts: Chapter members will receive a sharp discount on membership with the State Chapter.
Continuing Legal Education: Chapter members will receive discounted attendance at Continuing Legal Education Seminars hosted by the NMCDLA State Chapter. Continuing Legal Education Seminars are a great way for law students to learn about contemporary issues in the criminal law and the ways in which dedicated criminal defense attorneys resolve those issues.
Social Events: Law student members will have several opportunities to attend social events with members of the State Chapter. Social events are excellent networking opportunities and are always a fun and exciting way socialize with like-minded practitioners and students.
Co-Presidents: Ed Lovato (
) & Joel Strandberg (
Secretary: Shonnetta Henry (