NM Supreme Court Names William Slease (`91) Disciplinary Counsel

William SleaseWilliam Slease (`91) has been named chief disciplinary counsel for the New Mexico Supreme Court, effective Dec. 1, 2010. He was selected after an extensive search to replace Virginia Ferrara (`76), who served in the post for three decades.

"I am delighted to see that one of our alumni, Bill Slease, has been appointed as the chief disciplinary counsel for the Supreme Court," said Professor Barbara Bergman, associate dean for academic affairs at the University of New Mexico School of Law. "He is well suited to this extremely important position and will do a great job."

"Slease has been practicing civil rights, tort and employment law at his Albuquerque firm, Slease and Martinez. He also has been on the adjunct faculty of the University of New Mexico School of Law, where this semester he is co-teaching employment law with George Bach (`02).

Chief Justice Charles Daniels (`69) said the justices were impressed with Slease's qualifications and his "clear commitment to making the lawyer disciplinary process more responsive to complainants, more expeditious in its investigation of alleged misconduct and more thorough in its preparation and presentation of those which are meritorious."

"This is an important position and I'm looking forward to the job," said Slease. "The opportunity to work on behalf of the public is an honor."

November 11, 2010