Lawyer and Prosecutor
David Clements received his Juris Doctorate from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2010. He went to work for Mynatt Martinez Springer P.C., one of the most successful civil practice law firms in southern New Mexico. From 2014-2018, Clements served as a violent crimes prosecutor supervising the Lincoln County, New Mexico, district attorney’s office. His legal experience ranges from municipal defense in civil litigation, to prosecution of first-degree murder and other high-profile felony cases.
In 2018, Clements joined New Mexico State University full-time as a professor of business law after having been a visiting professor there. His classes included “Legal Environment of Business,” “Consumers and the Law,” and a graduate-level “Business Law” course in NMSU’s MBA program. Clements’ teaching style draws heavily from his experience as a seasoned trial attorney, where he tried over 120 cases before a jury as well as dozens of non-jury trials before a judge.
While teaching, Professor Clements maintained his ties to the legal profession as an of-counsel attorney for Mynatt Martinez Springer P.C. in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He focused on commercial law, municipal and county defense, and employment law. His academic and research interests include free speech in the work place, SLAPP lawsuits, and the legal aspects of propaganda in the entertainment industry.
David Clements’ political experience in grassroots organization led to him being elected as a national presidential delegate, Republican Party county chairman, and appointment as NM State Chairman for the 2016 Johnson-Weld Libertarian Presidential ticket. Clements himself had sought election to the U.S. Senate in 2014, but lost in the Republican primary. He ran as the liberty option, rallying a unique coalition of conservatives, constitutionalists, libertarians, and disenfranchised Kennedy democrats.
Clements is married to his wife of 17 years, Erin, who is a professional civil engineer and often accompanies him when he speaks, and they have three children. Whenever he has time for fun and relaxation, Clements enjoys playing live music and has a deep interest in music, film, and art. He has a website called “The Professor’s Record: A Commentary on Law, Liberty, and Pop Culture.”