Margaret Strickland

Margaret Strickland

Attorney
Location:
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Phone:
575-323-0154
Fax:
575-680-1200
Email:

Margaret Strickland is an experienced and skilled trial lawyer. She represents clients in both civil rights case and criminal cases in both state and federal courts in New Mexico. Ms. Strickland is a graduate of New York University's School of Law, one of the top law schools in the country. She has represented clients in more than 70 criminal jury trials, including high profile cases, and she has also argued several times before the New Mexico Supreme Court and New Mexico Court of Appeals. In 2017 she obtained a $1.6 million-dollar verdict in Beck v Baker, a federal civil rights case against several Las Cruces Police Department officers. The verdict is one of the largest federal civil rights verdicts in Southern New Mexico.

Ms. Strickland's legal practice is focused on representing clients who have been victimized by law enforcement agencies, jails and prisons, including excessive force, solitary confinement, failure to protect, and sexual assault civil rights cases. Ms. Strickland strongly believes in representing people whose rights were violated by law enforcement and those accused of committing a crime. She believes that strong advocacy for everyday citizens against the state and government helps keep the government's inherent power under control, and makes a better society and justice system.

In 2016 Ms. Strickland was elected president of the New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (NMCDLA). Prior to serving as President, she had served in various elected positions for NMCDLA since 2007. In addition to being president, she is the Chair of the NMCDLA legislative committee. Ms. Strickland has presented at numerous continuing legal education seminars on various criminal defense and civil rights topics.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense (misdemeanor and felony cases)
  • DWI/DUI
  • Grand Jury and Preliminary Hearings
  • Personal Injury

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • New Mexico, 2006
  • U.S. District Court District of New Mexico, 2012
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 2015

Education

  • New York University School of Law, New York, New York
  • University of Texas
    • B.S., Bachelor of Science
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: Economics

Classes/Seminars

  • A Procedural Road Map for Solitary and Jail Cases , New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2017 - Present
  • Defender Wellness , New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2017 - Present
  • Bail Reform Webinar, New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and PD, 2017 - Present
  • Rape Shield Laws State and Federal, New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2016 - Present
  • Cross Exam of Expert Witnesses , New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2015 - Present
  • Alternative Discovery Methods, New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Annual DWI Seminar Fall 2013
  • Witness Interview Logistics, New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education Summer 2013
  • Advanced Cross Examination, NMCDLA CLE, Albuquerque 2010
  • Cross Examination of the Pseudo-Expert, NMCDLA CLE, Las Cruces Summer 2009
  • Drug Courts and Mental Health Courts, NMCDLA CLE 2009
  • Search and Seizure in New Mexico, NMCDLA CLE, Las Cruces Summer 2008
  • “Lobbying for Criminal Law”, NMCLDA 2014
  • Drug Courts, published in “For The Defense” by the NMCDLA, 2009

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, President-Elect, 2015
  • New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association , Member
  • New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (NMCDLA), Board Member, 2010 - Present
  • Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (NMCDLA), Treasurer, 2010 - Present
  • New Mexico State Bar Association, 2007 - Present
  • New Mexico State Bar Association, Regional Director, 2010 - 2011

Pro Bono Activities

  • ACTion Program for Animals, Board Member

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Chi Omega