Thank you to those Presidents and NMTLA Board Members who have come before me. I have always been amazed by this caring and committed group of inspiring professionals who by legal victories achieved on behalf of their clients make the world a better place – one case and one client at a time. Through your dedication and hard work you have built an efficient team who work tirelessly all year to effect positive change for people in New Mexico, including promoting justice and fairness for injured persons, defending the constitutional right to trial by jury, and strengthening the civil justice system through education and disclosure of information critical to public health and safety.

Serving as the President of the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association will be a big commitment, as it is for the sixty day session. We can anticipate much of the same in Santa Fe this session, including the need to protect patient safety and the rights of those seriously injured or killed by medical malpractice and nursing home negligence; safeguard workers; and defend consumers from insurance lobbies looking to take away rights of those injured by wrongdoers.  Many of you have already pledged your willingness to volunteer your time and effort at the Roundhouse. Without the tremendous support from the Board and the NMTLA members we would not be so successful preserving New Mexican’s rights to hold wrongdoers accountable.

Many of the challenges we will face will be the same and there will be new political and legal threats to fundamental principles of justice. Nonetheless, I know that serving as President is one of the most worthwhile commitments I can make in my career. I am both humbled and honored to take on the challenge and responsibility of the NMTLA Presidency. I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure that the rights of everyday New Mexicans are vigilantly guarded.

– Denise M. Torres