NM Chief Supreme Court Justice Charles Daniels will speak at Albuquerque Press Women

NM Chief Supreme Court Justice Charles Daniels

NM Chief Supreme Court Justice Charles Daniels

Chief Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court Charles Daniels will speak to Albuquerque Press Women at 11:45 a.m. on June 13 at the MCM Elegante Hotel (2020 Menaul NE). His talk will be “Pretrial Injustice: The Need for Reform.”

Daniels will discuss a constitutional amendment that will be presented to voters in November. This will alter the current absolute right to release on bail that is part of our current state constitution. Instead it would provide judges an opportunity to deny pretrial release to people accused of a felony if they are a clear danger to others. The amendment also states that courts may not deny release to defendants who are not a danger or a flight risk if they cannot afford to bond out.

Daniels received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona, where he was a member of the intercollegiate debate team and graduated magna cum laude; his law degree from the University of New Mexico, where he was editor-in-chief of the law review, won a position on the national moot court team and graduated first in his class; and a master of laws degree in trial advocacy from Georgetown University, where he was selected to be a Prettyman Fellow.

During his 38 years as a lawyer before being appointed to the Court, Justice Daniels combined frequent classroom teaching, primarily at the UNM School of Law, with an active courtroom practice in a wide range of civil and criminal cases. He served as chair of the Supreme Court’s Evidence and Uniform Jury Instructions committees and as a member of its lawyer Disciplinary Board. He has been honored by the Albuquerque Bar Association with its Outstanding Lawyer of the Year award, by the New Mexico Bar Association with its Quality of Life award, and by the Roscoe Pound Foundation with its National Trial Advocacy Teacher of the Year award.

Anyone is welcome, but reservations must be made by contacting us at E-Mail or by calling 720-7821 by June 8. Cost of the lunch for members and first-time guests is $16, nonmembers $21. If you require a special meal, please request it when you make your reservation. Your reservation is our commitment to reserve your lunch and your commitment to pay.

 

Maggie Hart Stebbins to speak at May meeting of Albuquerque Press Women

Maggie Hart Stebbins

Maggie Hart Stebbins

Bernalillo County District 3 Commissioners Maggie Hart Stebbins will headline our next lunch meeting on May 9 at 11:45 at the MCM Elegante.

You may remember that Bernalillo County has put in place a small tax increase to collect money to reconstruct the mental health system that had been partially destroyed by the State of New Mexico. Commissioner Hart Stebbins is leading the county efforts to put together a new system to treat the mentally ill in this county.

Commission Hart Stebbins has a long history of public service. She has been active in many community organizations serving on several public and private boards, including the New Mexico Children’s Foundation, the New Mexico Mutual Group Board of Directors, Albuquerque’s Open Space and Biopark Advisory Boards, the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Judicial Selection Commission, and the local YWCA. As a county commissioner she has been an advocate of transparency and has worked to make the Bernalillo County website more user friendly.

This meeting will be interesting on two levels. We will learn what services are available and on what timeline, and we will have a front row seat to see how the county is doing as it tackles this very difficult task.There will be a chance to ask Commissioner Hart Stebbins questions.

Anyone is welcome, but reservations must be made by contacting E-Mail or by calling 720-7821 by May 4. Cost of the lunch for members and first-time guests is $16, nonmembers $21. If you require a special meal, please request it when you make your reservation. Your reservation is our commitment to reserve your lunch and your commitment to pay.

 

Winners of the 2016 New Mexico Press Women Communication’s Contest

Fifty-three contestants took home nearly 140 certificates honoring their work from the previous year. There are 64 separate media categories in which participants can enter.
A highlight of the contest is the Awards of Excellence, given to writers and organizations who make major contributions to their communities through their work. The Award of Excellence is based on a weighted scale: the more entries in a media category, the more points the winners earn. For example, a first place in a category with three entries earns four points. That same first place in a category with ten entries earns five points. Writers entering multiple categories stand the better chance of winning an Award of Excellence.
This year, The Awards of Excellence went to:
Nicolás Cabrera — First Place
Margaret Cheasebro — Second Place
Colleen Keane — Third Place
Peter St. Cyr — Honorable Mention
The top organizations were:
Majestic Living, Farmington — First Place
Frontera NorteSur, NMSU, Las Cruces — Second Place
Navajo Times, Window Rock, AZ — Third Place
Rio Grande Books, Albuquerque — Honorable Mention
Santa Fe Reporter, Santa Fe — Honorable Mention