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 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.