2021 TEX-ABOTA Santa Fe CLE Roundup & Annual Dinner October 28-31, 2021

COVID Update: To date, no governmental or hotel restrictions apply to this event other than the hotel’s requirement that attendees wear masks while in the hotel. Taking current circumstances into account, the Executive Committee has decided on the following safety measures for our October meeting:

  • All attendees and their guests will be required to have a full vaccination against COVID-19 and self-certify same upon registration.
  • Attendees must agree not to attend any event should they begin to feel ill during their stay or learn that they have had recent exposure to COVID-19.

Click here to register today to attend the 2021 TEX-ABOTA Santa Fe CLE Roundup in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The event will be held October 28-31, 2021 at the Inn & Spa at Loretto. Our room block sold out almost immediately, followed by a sellout of the hotel! We still want you to join us, and we have negotiated special TEX-ABOTA rates at the following hotels:

La Fonda (just behind our hotel), 100 E. San Francisco Street ● Santa Fe, NM  87501 – Toll Free: 800-523-5002 Local: 505-982-5511(Room Rates and Information) Book Here

St. Francis (about a block away, and simply gorgeous), 210 Don Gaspar Ave., Santa Fe, NM 87501 – Reservations: 855.752.9273 group name of 2021 TEX-ABOTA Santa Fe CLE Roundup Book Here

Hotel Chimayo (on the other side of the Plaza – quaint and lovely), 125 Washington Ave., Santa Fe, NM 87501 – Reservations: 800.529.5700 – Group name: 2021 TEX-ABOTA Santa Fe CLE Roundup Book Here

If you have questions or need help, please contact Tammy Miller, Executive Director of TEX-ABOTA.

Tentative Event Schedule (Updated 14 October 2021 – click to download)

Thursday Cocktail Party in the beautiful garden at the hotel.

Friday CLE Breakfast and Program – only for those who are getting CLE credit
Spouses/guests dine at Luminaria in the hotel

Friday Cocktail Party at the spectacular La Terraza atop the La Fonda hotel

*Friday Walking Tour – Peter Weiss is a nationally known guide who has information on everything from the birth of the Manhattan Project to the birth of the Frito Pie – both in Santa Fe. You will know more fun facts about Santa Fe than you can imagine – great fodder for the cocktail parties! (Ask people who attended in 2019 – they raved about Peter AND the tour!)

Saturday CLE Breakfast and Program – only for those who are getting CLE credit
Spouses/guests dine at Luminaria in the hotel

*Saturday Las Campanas Golf – check into the pro shop, pay your fees, rent clubs, grab a sandwich box and enjoy this beautiful course
*Santa Fe School of Cooking – one of our most popular activities! Hands-on cooking class, a little glass of wine here and there and voila!

Saturday Cocktail Party

Saturday Awards & Annual Dinner – a lovely event, at which we present our Annual Awards to the Jurist(s) of the Year, Trial Lawyer of the Year and the Champion of the 7th Amendment

Sunday Board Meeting (all ABOTA members are invited)

* or just take the afternoon all for yourself

TEX-ABOTA Speaker-Getter, Dicky Grigg, has once again found some incredible speakers who will have you on the edge of your seat.


Anne Bremner – Seattle lawyer and TV commentator who represented Amanda Knox, the US citizen who was accused of murdering her roommate in Italy.

Jack Scarola – Florida attorney who was one of the first lawyers to represent women sexually assaulted by Jeffery Epstein.

Karen Burgess – Kat Gallagher / Kathy Snapka – Karen will interview Kat and Kathy about the techniques they have used to become very successful trial lawyers.

Brad Beckworth – One of the lead trial lawyers in the nation’s first opioid trial that resulted in a verdict of $572,102,028 for the state of Oklahoma.

Guy Choate & David Chamberlain – The Co-Chairs of the TEX-ABOTA Legislative Committee will fill us in on laws passed and laws failed in the last legislative session that effect the Civil Justice system.

Jerry Mitchell – An investigative reporter for The Clarion-Ledger newspaper in Jackson, Mississippi. His investigative work convinced authorities to reopen cold murder cases from the Civil Rights Era. His efforts led to the conviction of the murderer of Medgar Evers, the Klansmen who orchestrated the killings of three CORE civil rights workers in Philadelphia, Mississippi in 1964 and the Klansmen responsible for the 1963 bombing of a Birmingham church that killed four young black girls.

Michelle Tuegel – One of the lead attorneys that successfully represented the U.S. Gymnastics team in their suit against Michigan State University doctor Dr. Larry Nassar for sexual assault. Her efforts resulted in settlement of $500MM.

Terry Bentley Hill – Dallas criminal defense attorney and nationally recognized mental health advocate.  She will discuss mental health issues afflicting the profession and what to do about it.

Grace Weatherly – ABOTA National President. Grace will pontificate in a vague yet knowing manner about the accomplishments of ABOTA in the past year.  She will actively take credit for the successes but will express regret for any failures in the “passive voice.”

Melissa Gomez – Philadelphia – trial consultant will give us the benefit of findings from her extensive (over 4,000 jurors and growing) juror-preconception database to stimulate thought and discussion about the need to adjust the sails of our trial strategies and account for an ever-changing landscape of human perception.