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Monday, August 7, 2017


Respected Trial Lawyer & Civic Leader, Martin R. Esquivel, Esq., Joins MRFF's Board

Monday, August 7, 2017

In light of the recent, tragic passing of prior Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) Board Member and Secretary/ Treasurer Bill Barker, there is a present need to replace Mr. Barker on the MRFF Board of Directors.

MRFF is tremendously pleased to nominate and confirm Martin R. Esquivel, Esq., currently residing in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to immediately assume Mr. Barker's prior position on the MRFF Board as a Member and Secretary/Treasurer.

Nationally recognized and respected by his peers and judges across New Mexico, Martin Esquivel has over 28 years of experience as a trial lawyer representing individuals, school districts, businesses, media, and numerous governmental entities.  Mr. Esquivel was raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico, graduated from the University of New Mexico (UNM) in 1986 and subsequently received his juris doctorate from UNM in 1989. Mr. Esquivel has an unusually long and respected record as lead counsel in jury and bench trials in the United States District Court and state district court. He has also successfully represented clients in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals for the United States, the New Mexico Supreme Court and the New Mexico Court of Appeals.    Since 2007, he has been continually recognized by his peers in Best Lawyers® as one of the “Best Attorneys in New Mexico” in the area of First Amendment Law.

In addition to his legal career, Mr. Esquivel was a two-term elected member of the Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education from 2007 to 2014, where he served as President of the APS Board for three years.  His community work has also included leadership and board positions on the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, the City of Albuquerque Human Rights Board, Bench-Bar Media Committee and various State Bar of New Mexico committees.

While attending college and law school, Mr. Esquivel worked as a professional journalist for newspapers, including interning for the Los Angeles Times and freelancing for national news outlets such as the Associated Press, Reuters and United Press International.  His experience also allowed him to work as an adjunct professor in the UNM Journalism Department where he taught First Amendment Law.  He has also authored Media Guidelines for reporting on court matters to assist the Second Judicial District Court in Albuquerque.

Mr. Esquivel has three children, Graciela, an incoming first year student at the University of New Mexico School of Law; Marisa, a student attending Mesa Community College; and, Jay, a sophomore at Albuquerque High School.

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New White House Chief Of Staff Apparently Clueless About
What The Constitution Says About The President

Friday, August 4, 2017

Article 2 of the Constitution, the article regarding the executive branch of the government, consists of a little over a thousand words, including such things as what the powers and responsibilities of the president are, and at the end of the very first section of this article is the oath to be taken by the president upon entering office — the only oath for which the exact wording was specified in the Constitution:


"Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:—'I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.'"

But Trump's new chief of staff, John Kelly, not only doesn't seem to be familiar enough with the Constitution to know that the president's oath of office is in it, but has a pretty wild story about how that oath came into existence. [...]

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