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Daniel A. Sisk (1927 -2017)

Daniel A. Sisk, the last-surviving “name” partner of Modrall, Sperling, Roehl, Harris & Sisk, died on August 15, 2017 at the age of 90. A native New Mexican…


Zoë Lees Receives Legal Committee Appointments

Zoë E. Lees, an Associate with Modrall Sperling, has been named Chair of the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division Committee on Infrastructure and Regulated Industries Law. She…


UNM School of Law Features James E. Sperling Memorial Scholarship

This year’s UNM School of Law honored the memory of Jim Sperling as it featured the James E. Sperling Memorial Scholarship at its Scholarship Luncheon. This annual event is held so that donors can meet the recipients whose educations they have supported….


Survival of the Family Business and the Family

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Albuquerque Country Club  Modrall Sperling Shareholder James M. Parker is the featured presenter at the fall meeting of The New Mexico Estate Planning Council. Jim is the co-founder and Chair of the Parker Center for Family Business, University…


Women of Light Convention

8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Albuquerque Convention Center Modrall Sperling Shareholder Michelle A. Hernandez provides the session opening with her presentation, “What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger.”    


University of New Mexico School of Law Scholarship Luncheon

Noon – 1:00 p.m. Back Lawn, UNM School of Law, Albuquerque, New Mexico  The James E. Sperling Memorial Scholarship will be featured in this annual luncheon where donors meet the recipients whose educations they have supported. Firm President Walter Stern will honor…


Cyber Espionage: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

Cyber espionage adds a unique element to the relationship between a business and its legal counsel. If your business possesses privileged information that would be useful for a competitor or an industry, then it is crucial that you obtain the best advice…

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Potential Hurdle to Right-of-Way Acquisition and Renewals: The Tenth Circuit Holds Tribal Acquisition of an Undivided Interest in an Allotment Defeats Congressional Eminent Domain Authority

On May 26, 2017, the Tenth Circuit issued its decision in Public Service Company of New Mexico v. Barboan,1 upholding a New Mexico federal district court’s ruling2 that tribal ownership of even a very small fractional interest in an allotment bars condemnation…

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A Historic Moment in Indian Water Rights in New Mexico: Entry of the Aamodt Final Decree

The United States District Court for the District of New Mexico entered its final decree in State of New Mexico, ex rel. State Engineer v. Aamodt, a state stream adjudication filed in 1966 (Aamodt) to determine the rights of water users in…

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Dakota Access Pipeline Project Update—Corps’ NEPA Analysis Flawed-In Part

Introduction: On June 14, 2017, U.S. District Court Judge Boasberg issued a lengthy Memorandum Opinion granting in part the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s (Standing Rock) and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe’s (Cheyenne River) Motions for Summary Judgment.1 The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) project…

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