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Judicial Vacancies

The Constitution of New Mexico mandates conduction of Judicial selection by the Judicial Nominating Commission, a board comprised of New Mexico Judges, attorneys and citizens, chaired by the Dean of the UNM School of Law.

The Commission solicits applications, interviews and recommends candidates to the Governor of New Mexico for each judicial vacancy on either of the state appellate courts, any of the 13 state district courts, and the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court.

Magistrate court vacancies are not subject to this process. Information about current magistrate court vacancies, and application procedures, can be found on the Governor’s website.


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Thirteenth Judicial District Court - McDonalds Announcement of Applicants

January 24, 2020

The Thirteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission met on December 16, 2020, and submitted the following three names to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham for consideration to fill the vacancy created due to the retirement of the Honorable Judge Louis P. McDonald: Steven Paul Archibeque, James Andrew Noel and Christopher G. Perez. On December 20, 2019 pursuant to her authority to do so, Governor Lujan Grisham requested that the commission submit additional names to her for consideration. Eight (8) applications were received in the Judicial Selection Office for the Judicial Vacancy in the Thirteenth Judicial District Court, by the deadline.

The Thirteenth Judicial District Court Nominating Commission will reconvene at 9:00 am Monday, February 3, 2020, at the Thirteenth Judicial District Court - Sandoval located at 1500 Idalia Rd, Bernalillo, NM 87004, to evaluate the additional applicants for this position.

The Commission meeting is open to the public. Those wishing to make public comment are requested to be present at the opening of the meeting.

The names of the applicants in alphabetical order:

Cynthia Anne Aragon (Stanaland)
Roberta Yvonne Baca
Geenebah Michelle Brown-Yazzie
Catherine Anne Cameron
Michael Vern Davis
Sonya Kay Duke-Noel
Kevin Arthur Graham
Simone M. Seiler

Fifth Judicial District Court Announcement of Applicants

January 21, 2020

One (1) application was received in the Judicial Selection Office for the Judicial Vacancy in the Fifth Judicial District Court, due to the resignation of the Honorable Kea W. Riggs, effective December 31, 2019.

The Fifth Judicial District Court Nominating Commission will meet will meet at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 30, 2020, at the Chaves County Courthouse, 400 N. Virginia, Roswell, NM, to evaluate the applicant for this position.

The Commission meeting is open to the public and members of the public who wish to be heard about the candidate will have an opportunity to be heard.

The name of the applicant:

Jared Kallunki

New Mexico Court of Appeals Judicial Nominating Commission Candidate Announcement

January 21, 2020

The New Mexico Court of Appeals Nominating Commission convened on Friday, January 17, 2020 at the Court of Appeals located at 2211 Tucker NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106 and completed its evaluation of the six (6) candidates for the one vacancy on the New Mexico Court of Appeals.

The Commission recommends the following candidates to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham:

LIST CANDIDATES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

  • Leander Bergen
  • Shammara Haley Henderson
  • Kerry Christopher Kiernan
  • Jane Bloom Yohalem

Thirteenth Judicial District Court Announcement of Applicants

January 15, 2020

Eleven (11) applications were received in the Judicial Selection Office for the Judicial Vacancy in the Thirteenth Judicial District Court, due to the retirement of the Honorable Judge John F. Davis, effective January 31, 2020.

The Thirteenth Judicial District Court Nominating Commission will meet at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 28, 2020, at the Thirteenth Judicial District Court - Sandoval located at 1500 Idalia Rd, Bernalillo, NM 87004, to evaluate the applicants for this position.

The Commission meeting is open to the public. Those wishing to make public comment are requested to be present at the opening of the meeting.

List Applicants in Alphabetical Order:

Steven Paul Archibeque
Roberta Yvonne Baca
Greenebah Michelle Brown-Yazzie
Michael Vern Davis
Sonya Kay Duke-Noel
Kevin Arthur Graham
James Andrew Noel
Christopher G. Perez
Augustine M. Rodriguez, Jr.
Michael Eloy Sanchez
Simone M. Seiler

Thirteenth Judicial District Court Announcement of Consideration of Additional Applications

January 9, 2020

The Thirteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission met on December 16, 2020, and submitted three names to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham for consideration to fill the vacancy created due to the retirement of the Honorable Judge Louis P. McDonald. Pursuant to her authority to do so, Governor Lujan Grisham has requested that the commission consider submitting additional names to her for consideration. Accordingly, Dean Sergio Pareja of the UNM School of Law, designated by the New Mexico Constitution to Chair the Thirteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission, is soliciting additional applications for this position from lawyers who meet the statutory qualifications in Article VI, Section 14 of the New Mexico Constitution.

Applications, as well as information related to qualifications for the position, may be obtained from the Judicial Selection website: http://lawschool.unm.edu/judsel/application.php, or emailed to you by calling the Judicial Selection Office at (505) 277-4700. The deadline for applications has been set for Friday, January 24, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Applications received after that date will not be considered.

Applications received by the initial deadline of Wednesday, November 20, 2019, remain viable. Applicants who appeared before the commission on December 16, including the three applicants whose names were submitted to Governor Lujan Grisham, do not need to reapply or reappear before the commission at this time.

Applicants seeking information regarding election or retention if appointed should contact the Bureau of Elections in the Office of the Secretary of State.

The date and time of the reconvening of the Thirteenth Judicial District Nominating Committee will be Monday, February 3, 2020, beginning at 9:00 a.m., at the Thirteenth Judicial District Court located at 1500 Idalia Road, Bernalillo, NM 87004, to evaluate the applicants for this position. The Committee meeting is open to the public, and members of the public who wish to be heard about any of the candidates will have an opportunity to speak at that time.

New Mexico Court of Appeals Applicant Announcement

January 7, 2020

Six (6) applications were received in the Judicial Selection Office, for the Judicial Vacancy on the New Mexico Court of Appeals due to the retirement of the Honorable Judge M. Monica Zamora effective January 31, 2020.

The New Mexico Court of Appeals Judicial Nominating Commission will meet beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, January 17, 2020, to interview applicants for the position at the Court of Appeals 2211 Tucker NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106. The Commission meeting is open to the public and anyone who wishes to speak about any of the candidates will have an opportunity to be heard.

The names of the applicants in alphabetical order:

Gerald Edward Baca
Leander Bergen
Shammara Haley Henderson
Kerry Christopher Kiernan
Paul David Mannick
Jane Bloom Yohalem

Fifth Judicial District Court Announcement of Vacancy

January 7, 2020

A vacancy will exist in the Fifth Judicial District Court, Chaves County due to the resignation of the Honorable Kea W. Riggs, effective December 31, 2019. Inquiries regarding additional details or assignment of this judicial vacancy should be directed to the Chief Judge or the Administrator of the court.

Sergio Pareja, Chair of the Judicial Nominating Commission, solicits applications for this position from lawyers who meet the statutory qualifications in Article VI, Section 8 of the New Mexico Constitution. Applications may be obtained from the Judicial Selection website: http://lawschool.unm.edu/judsel/application.php. The deadline for applications has been set for Monday, January 20, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Applications received after that date and time will not be considered.

Applicants seeking information regarding election or retention if appointed should contact the Bureau of Elections in the Office of the Secretary of State.

The Judicial Nominating Commission will meet at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 30, 2020, at the Chaves County Courthouse, 400 N. Virginia, Roswell, NM, to evaluate the applicants for this position. The Commission meeting is open to the public and members of the public who wish to be heard about any of the candidates will have an opportunity to be heard.

Thirteenth Judicial District Court Nominating Commission

December 16, 2019

The Thirteenth Judicial District Court Nominating Commission convened on Monday, December 16, 2019, at the Thirteenth Judicial District Court - Sandoval located at 1500 Idalia Rd, Bernalillo, NM 87004, and completed its evaluation of the three (3) candidates for the one vacancy on the Thirteenth Judicial District Court.

The Commission recommends the following candidates to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham:

LIST CANDIDATES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

Steven Paul Archibeque
James Andrew Noel
Christopher G. Perez

First Judicial Court Candidates

December 13, 2019

The First Judicial District Court Nominating Commission convened on Thursday, December 12, 2019 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and completed its evaluation of the eight (8) applicants for the vacancy on the First Judicial District Court.

The Commission recommends the following three (3) candidates (in alphabetical order) to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham:

Shannon Broderick Bulman
Michael R. Jones
Linda Martinez-Palmer

REVISED New Mexico First Judicial District Court Applicant Announcement

December 4, 2019

Eight (8) applications were received in the Judicial Selection Office, for the Judicial Vacancy in the First Judicial District Court due to the retirement of Honorable Raymond Z. Ortiz, effective December 31, 2019.

The First Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission will meet beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 12, 2019, at the Santa Fe County Courthouse located at 225 Montezuma Ave, Santa Fe, New Mexico to evaluate the applicants for this position. The Commission meeting is open to the public and anyone who wishes to be heard about any of the candidates will have an opportunity to be heard.

The names of the applicants in alphabetical order:

Kathleen (Kit) Ayala
Jerry Anthony Archuleta
Shannon Broderick Bulman
Edward Craig Hay III
Michael R. Jones
Linda Martinez-Palmer
Nathaniel Valencia Thompkins
Morgan Holly Wood

New Mexico First Judicial District Court Applicant Announcement

December 2, 2019

Seven (7) applicants have been received in the Judicial Selection Office as of 5:00 p.m., Monday, December 2, 2019, for the Judicial Vacancy in the First Judicial District Court due to the retirement of Honorable Raymond Z. Ortiz, effective December 31, 2019.

The First Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission will meet beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 12, 2019, at the Santa Fe County Courthouse located at 225 Montezuma Ave, Santa Fe, New Mexico to evaluate the applicants for this position. The Commission meeting is open to the public and anyone who wishes to be heard about any of the candidates will have an opportunity to be heard.

The names of the applicants in alphabetical order:

Jerry Anthony Archuleta
Shannon Broderick Bulman
Edward Craig Hay III
Michael R. Jones
Linda Martinez-Palmer
Nathaniel Valencia Thompkins
Morgan Holly Wood

New Mexico Court of Appeals Announcement of Vacancy

November 27, 2019

One vacancy on the New Mexico Court of Appeals will exist on February 1, 2020, due to the retirement of the Honorable Judge M. Monica Zamora effective January 31, 2020. Inquiries regarding the details or assignment of this judicial vacancy should be directed to the Chief Judge or the Administrator of the court.

Sergio Pareja, Chair of the Appellate Court Judicial Nominating Commission, invites applications for this position from lawyers who meet the statutory qualifications in Article VI, Section 28 of the New Mexico Constitution. Applications may be obtained from the Judicial Selection website, http://lawschool.unm.edu/judsel/application.php, or emailed to you by contacting the Judicial Selection Office at 505.277.4700. The deadline for applications has been set for Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 5:00. Applications received after that time will not be considered.

Applicants seeking information regarding election or retention if appointed should contact the Bureau of Elections in the Office of the Secretary of State.

The Appellate Court Judicial Nominating Commission will meet on Friday, January 17, 2020, to interview applicants for the position at the Court of Appeals 2211 Tucker NE Albuquerque, NM 87106. The Commission meeting is open to the public and anyone who wishes to be heard about any of the candidates will have an opportunity to be heard.

Thirteenth Judicial District Court Nominating Commission

November 20, 2019

Three applications were received in the Judicial Selection Office as of Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 5:00 p.m; for the judicial vacancy in the Thirteenth Judicial District Court due to the retirement of the Honorable Judge Louis P. McDonald, effective December 31, 2019.

The Thirteenth Judicial District Court Nominating Commission will meet at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, December 16, 2019, at the Thirteenth Judicial District Court - Sandoval located at 1500 Idalia Rd, Bernalillo, NM 87004, to evaluate the applicants for this position. The Committee meeting is open to the public and members of the public who wish to be heard about any of the candidates will have an opportunity to be heard.

The names of the applicants in alphabetical order:

Steven Paul Archibeque
James Andrew Noel
Christopher G. Perez

Thirteenth Judicial District Court Announcement of Vacancy

November 15, 2019

A vacancy on the Thirteenth Judicial District Court will exist in Bernalillo, NM as of February 1, 2020, due to the retirement of the Honorable Judge John F. Davis, effective January 31, 2020. Inquiries regarding the details or assignment of this judicial vacancy should be directed to the Chief Judge or the Administrator of the court.

The Dean of the UNM School of Law, designated by the New Mexico Constitution to Chair the Thirteenth Judicial District Court Nominating Committee, solicits applications for this position from lawyers who meet the statutory qualifications in Article VI, Section 14 of the New Mexico Constitution.

Applications, as well as information related to qualifications for the position, may be obtained from the Judicial Selection website: http://lawschool.unm.edu/judsel/application.php, or emailed to you by contacting Beverly Akin at (505) 277.4700. The deadline for applications has been set for Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Applications received after that date will not be considered.

Applicants seeking information regarding election or retention if appointed should contact the Bureau of Elections in the Office of the Secretary of State.

The Judicial Nominating Committee will meet at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 28, 2020, at the Thirteenth Judicial District Court - Sandoval located at 1500 Idalia Rd, Bernalillo, NM 87004, to evaluate the applicants for this position. The Committee meeting is open to the public and members of the public who wish to be heard about any of the candidates will have an opportunity to be heard.

First Judicial District Court Announcement of Vacancy

November 7, 2019

One vacancy on the First Judicial District Court will exist as of January 1, 2020 due to the retirement of Honorable Raymond Z. Ortiz, effective December 31, 2019. Inquiries regarding the details or assignment of this judicial vacancy should be directed to the Administrator of the Court.

Sergio Pareja, Chair of the First Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission, invites applications for this position from lawyers who meet the statutory qualifications in Article VI, Section 28 of the New Mexico Constitution. Applications may be obtained from the Judicial Selection website: http://lawschool.unm.edu/judsel/application.php, or emailed to you by contacting the Judicial Selection Office at (505.277.4700). The deadline for applications has been set for Monday, December 2, 2019 at 5:00. Applications received after that time will not be considered.

Applicants seeking information regarding election or retention if appointed should contact the Bureau of Elections in the Office of the Secretary of State.

The First Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission will meet beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 12, 2019, at the Santa Fe County Courthouse located at 225 Montezuma Ave, Santa Fe, New Mexico to evaluate the applicants for this position. The Commission meeting is open to the public and anyone who wishes to be heard about any of the candidates will have an opportunity to be heard.

Eighth Judicial District Court, (Taos, New Mexico)
Nominating Commission

November 4, 2019

The Eighth Judicial District Court (Taos, New Mexico) Nominating Commission convened at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, November 1, 2019, at the Taos District County Courthouse, located at 105 Albright Street, Taos, NM and completed its evaluation of the seven applicants for the one vacancy in the Eighth Judicial District Court in Taos, New Mexico.

The Commission recommends the following candidates to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham:

LIST CANDIDATES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

Timothy Roland Hasson
Floyd William Lopez
Jeffrey Alan Shannon
Elizabeth Jacqueline Travis

Thirteenth Judicial District Court Announcement of Vacancy

October 24, 2019

A vacancy on the Thirteenth Judicial District Court will exist in Bernalillo, NM as of January 1, 2020, due to the retirement of the Honorable Judge Louis P. McDonald. Inquiries regarding the details or assignment of this judicial vacancy should be directed to the Chief Judge or the Administrator of the court.

The Dean of the UNM School of Law, designated by the New Mexico Constitution to Chair the Thirteenth Judicial District Court Nominating Committee, solicits applications for this position from lawyers who meet the statutory qualifications in Article VI, Section 14 of the New Mexico Constitution.

Applications, as well as information related to qualifications for the position, may be obtained from the Judicial Selection website:  http://lawschool.unm.edu/judsel/application.php, or emailed to you by contacting Beverly Akin at (505) 277.4700.  The deadline for applications has been set for Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.  Applications received after that date will not be considered.

Applicants seeking information regarding election or retention if appointed should contact the Bureau of Elections in the Office of the Secretary of State.

The Judicial Nominating Committee will meet at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, December 16, 2019, at the Thirteenth Judicial District Court - Sandoval located at 1500 Idalia Rd, Bernalillo, NM 87004, to evaluate the applicants for this position. The Committee meeting is open to the public and members of the public who wish to be heard about any of the candidates will have an opportunity to be heard.

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Eighth Judicial District, (Taos, New Mexico)
Judicial District Court Nominating Commission

October 16, 2019

Seven (7) applications were received in the Judicial Selection Office as of 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 16, 2019 for the Judicial Vacancy in the Eighth Judicial District (Taos, New Mexico) Court due to the retirement of the Honorable Jeff Foster McElroy effective October 31, 2019.

The Eighth Judicial District (Taos, New Mexico) Nominating Commission will meet at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, November 1, 2019, at the Taos District County Courthouse, located at 105 Albright Street, Taos, NM, to evaluate the applicants for this position.

The Commission meeting is open to the public. Those wishing to make public comment are requested to be present at the opening of the meeting.

The names of the applicants in alphabetical order:

Timothy Roland Hasson
Lisa Beth Jenkins
Floyd William Lopez
Elizabeth Ann Musselman
Jeffry Alan Shannon
Elizabeth Jacqueline Travis
Morgan Holly Wood

Eighth Judicial District, (Taos, New Mexico)
Announcement of Vacancy

September 11, 2019

One vacancy will exist in the Eighth Judicial District Court due to the retirement of the Honorable Jeff Foster McElroy effective October 31, 2019. This judicial vacancy will be in Taos, New Mexico; inquiries regarding specific details for the judicial vacancy should be direct to the Chief Judge or the Administrator of the court.

Dean Sergio Pareja of the UNM School of Law, designated by the New Mexico Constitution to Chair the District Court Nominating Committee, solicits applications for this position from lawyers who meet the statutory qualifications in Article VI, Section 14 of the New Mexico Constitution.

Applications, as well as information related to qualifications for the position, may be obtained from the Judicial Selection website: 
http://lawschool.unm.edu/judsel/application.php, or by email by contacting Beverly Akin at 505.277.4700.  The deadline for applications has been set for Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 5:00 p.m., applications received after the deadline date will not be considered.

Applicants seeking information regarding election or retention if appointed should contact the Bureau of Elections in the Office of the Secretary of State.

The Eighth Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission meeting will convene at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, November 1, 2019, at the Taos District County Courthouse, located at 105 Albright Street, Taos, NM, to evaluate the applicants for this position.  The Committee meeting is open to the public and members of the public who wish to be heard about any of the candidates will have an opportunity to be heard.