Stephen Lane has tried a broad array of criminal and civil cases before juries around the state. Mr. Lane has successfully defended the full spectrum of felony cases including drug offenses, white-collar crimes, and violent crimes. Mr. Lane was trial counsel for Phillip Ramirez in the Phillip Ramirez v. State of New Mexico ex rel. CYFD, the first case in the nation in which a judgment was obtained at trial against a State employer under federal veteran re-employment laws. The Ramirez case opened the door for veterans all over New Mexico to be able to sue the State for discrimination based on military service or deployment.
Mr. Lane has served as an adjunct professor at the UNM School of Law since 2010, where he has taught trial practice as part of the Evidence and Trial Practice course, and international law to students participating in the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. He has also presented continuing education courses on trial skills through the New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the Corinne Wolfe Children’s Law Center and has served on the faculty of the UNM School of Law’s Taking and Defending Depositions continuing legal education course since 2011.