This case was filed in 1987 against the New Mexico Department of Health on behalf of developmentally disabled individuals institutionalized in DOH facilities. After an initial finding that the conditions violated these individuals’ rights under federal law, the parties negotiated various settlement agreements. The most recent settlement agreement was negotiated in 2019. This firm entered its appearance in September 2019. This firm, along with its co-counsel, filed a series of contested motions seeking disengagement of various portions of the 2019 settlement agreement. State Defendants prevailed in disengaging the majority of the remaining requirements. In December 2021, approximately 15 months after this firm entered its appearance, State Defendants filed a motion to dismiss the decades-old lawsuit based upon the lack of ongoing violations of federal law and compliance with the settlement agreement requirements. On April 27, 2022, the federal district court dismissed the lawsuit, 35 years after its initial filing. This more »
It is with great honor that we announce our very own Marcus J. Rael, Jr. has been named a 2022 Super Lawyer. For those of you who do not know what a “Super Lawyer” is, this is a peer nominated and evaluated process combined with independent research and is judged on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. This distinction is only awarded to 5% of attorneys in the state. In addition to this, we are equally honored to announce that Taylor Rahn has been named a 2022 Rising Star. The selection process for a “Rising Star” is similar, with one exception. A Rising Star must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less. This is awarded to 2.5% of attorneys in the state. We are all so proud of everything you both have accomplished in your years of practice and look more »
Luis Robles was published in the New Mexico Law Review for his article entitled: “Workers’ Compensation: Bad Faith Refusal to Pay Worker’s Compensation Benefits: Russell v. Protective Insurance Co.” To read the article, please click here. Workers’ Compensation: Bad Faith Refusal to Pay Worker’s Compensation Benefits: Russell v. Protective Insurance Co., 20 N.M.L.Rev. 757 (1990).
Garcetti v. Ceballos: The Supreme Court Decision and Subsequent Treatment by the Circuit and District Courts
Vanessa R. Chavez was published in the State Bar of New Mexico Employment and Labor Law Section E-Newsletter, December 2006 for her article regarding the Supreme Courts decision to hold that the First Amendment does not protect a government employee from discipline based on speech made pursuant to employee’s official duties. To read the full publication please click here.