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About David Stout

David Stout teaches in the Legal Analysis and Communication program and also teaches Legal Ethics. He was born and raised in Albuquerque and is a 1982 graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Law. He has been a practicing lawyer for 28 years, following a two year clerkship with Judge Santiago E. Campos of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico.

He has represented the victims of injuries from the fault of others as well as those individuals who have been wrongfully abused by insurance companies. His primary areas of practice have included products liability, governmental torts and insurance related matters. Stout is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is listed in the peer reviewed "Best Lawyers" in the areas of products liability, personal injury and insurance law. Stout is a member of the American Law Institute and currently serves on the Member Consultative Groups for the Principles of Liability Insurance Project and the Restatement (Torts) Third: Intentional Tort to Persons.

Stout is a past president of the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association. He has been involved in the association's amicus curiae work for the past 20 years and has been directly involved in both the administration of the amicus committee and as a brief writer. He is the current chair of the amicus committee. He has also been the chair of numerous Supreme Court committees, including the Uniform Civil Jury Instruction Committee and recently the Committee on the Code of Judicial Conduct. He is currently the co-chair of the State Bar's Lawyer's Assistance Committee that seeks to help lawyers struggling with addiction, depression and other conditions that interfere with their professional and personal lives.

Stout has taught insurance law with Maureen Sanders ('79). He has been active in continuing legal education and has lectured extensively on practice-related topics, including expert testimony, professional conduct, insurance bad faith and many other subjects.

When he is not working Stout enjoys playing tennis, hiking, and baking cookies. He and his wife, Mary, have five adult daughters between them. Stout's daughter, Kelly Stout Sanchez, is a 2009 graduate of the UNM School of Law.


Present Lecturer III, University of New Mexico School of Law



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Honors and Awards

  • Member New Mexico Bar


  • Advanced Legal Writing - Advocacy
  • Elements of Legal Argumentation


1982 J.D., University of New Mexico ‐ School of Law
1978 M.A., University of London - Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
1976 A.B., Harvard College

Contact Information

UNM School of Law
Office: 1127
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Ph.: 505-277-0080


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