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Your Proposed 2015 Board of Directors
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Hello, Members:
The Trial Practice Section Nominating Committee has issued its report, below, proposing a slate of officers for 2015. If you want to contest the election, please get the signatures of at least 10 members of the section on the petition, email it to D.D. Wolohan by Oct. 31, and state which position you are contesting. A runoff will follow. If there is no opposition after Oct. 31, the slate is approved by acclamation and will serve in 2015.

Trial Practice Nomination Committee Report

Position 1   01/01/15 - 12/31/17 term
Joseph Romero

(no bio included)

Position 2   01/01/15 - 12/31/17 term
Mike Doyle

(no bio included)

Position 3   01/01/15 - 12/31/17 term
Slate Stern

(no bio included)

Appointed Board member standing for election
 Position 4   01/01/15 - 12/31/16 
Rosa Lima has a Masters in International Business from ICAT, a law degree from the University of Brasilia, Brazil, and from NSU, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She moved to New Mexico in 1990, where she successfully managed her own business for three years. In 1993, she returned to Brazil, where she worked as a Legal Advisor for the Transportation Department at the Ministry of Education. From 2005 through 2009 she taught Criminal Law, Deviant Behavior and Marketing at the University of New Mexico, Los Alamos site. From  2007 to 2008, she managed her own Law Firm, Rosa Lima, P.C.  In 2008 she worked as a Prosecutor for the 4th Judicial District prosecuting DWI and domestic violence crimes. She later moved to the 2nd Judicial District Court, where she prosecuted white collar crimes until 2013. Presently, she works for the Division of  Vocational Rehabilitation, advising the leadership team about contracts and employment matters and tries cases on behalf of the agency. She is a certified mediator by the Supreme Court of Florida,  and a Texas trained mediator. She is the Chair for the International Criminal Law Committee. Rosa speaks fluent Portuguese and Spanish. She has traveled around the world and enjoys reading. 

Pilar Vaile

Nominating Committee Chair 


The general purpose of the Section shall be the promotion of the objectives of the State Bar of New Mexico within the particular fields designated by the name of this Section. To that end, it shall be the purpose of this Section to improve the trial advocacy skills of the trial lawyers in New Mexico.



You may be enrolled as a member of the Trial Practice Section if

a) you are a member in good standing of the State Bar of New Mexico, and
b) you submit a Section Application Form to the State Bar of New Mexico, and
c) your payment of the stated amount due is submitted with your application.

You may enroll at any time during the year; however, your membership will expire in December of that same year.

Student Writing Competition


The winners of the 2012 Trial Practice Section student writing competition are:


Mike Sievers, 1st place - $500 

Preserving the Right to Trial by Jury Through Notice Pleading


Charles B. Kraft, 2nd place - $250


The Use of Skype at Trial: The New Mexico Supreme Court is Poised to Move New Mexico Forward


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