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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.

Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Applicant Announcement

Posted December 14, 2018

Twenty-Nine (29) applicants have been received in the Judicial Selection Office as of 5:00 p.m., Thursday December 13, 2018, for the three Judicial Vacancies on the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court.

The Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Judicial Nominating Commission will meet beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, January 18, 2019, at the Metropolitan Courthouse, located at 401 Lomas NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 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:

Anthony A. Apodaca, Jr.

Cynthia Marie Armijo

Edward L. Benavidez

Felicia R. Blea-Rivera

Kevin de Rijk

Steven Gary Diamond

Bruce Crawford Fox

Rodney Lawrence Gabaldon

Rose Mary Garcia

Andrea Inez Gunderson

Veronica Lee Hill

Jason Matthew Jaramillo

Ellen Dorothy Lloyd

Anthony Wade Long

Brittany Maldonado Malott

Mari Luz Martinez

Bridget Lee McKenney

Kenny Montoya

Christopher Moore

David Allen Murphy

Rebecca Obenshain O’Gawa

Carlos Francisco Pacheco

Joseph Repito Sanchez

Joshua Jamison Sanchez

Courtney Ann Schumacher

Matthias Woods Swonger

Brigitte (B.C.) Thomas

Kelly Villanueva

George Bond Yu

New Mexico Supreme Court Applicant Announcement

Posted December 7, 2018

Fourteen (14) applicants have been received in the Judicial Selection Office as of 5:00 p.m., Thursday December 6, 2018, for the Judicial Vacancy on the Supreme Court due to the retirements of the Honorable Supreme Court Justice Charles W. Daniels and the Honorable Supreme Court Justice Petra Jimenez Maes, effective Tuesday, January 1, 2019.

The New Mexico Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission will meet beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 10, 2019, at the Supreme Court Building, 237 Don Gaspar Avenue in Santa Fe, 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:

C. Shannon Bacon

Beatrice J. Brickhouse

Geenebah Michelle Brown-Yazzie

James Waylon Counts

George Phillip Eichwald

Timothy Glenn Ellington

Damon Paul Martinez

Jeff Foster McElroy

Mel “Dylan” O’Reilly

Arthur William Pepin

William Daniel Slease

David K. Thomson

Jane Bloom Yohalem

Linda Miriam Vanzi

New Mexico Sixth Judicial District Court Announcement of Vacancy

Posted December 6, 2018

A vacancy on the Sixth Judicial District Court will exist as of January 2, 2019 due to the retirement of The Honorable Judge J.C. Robinson effective January 1, 209. Inquiries regarding the details or assignment of this judicial vacancy should be directed to the Administrator of the Court.

Sergio Pareja, Chair of the Sixth 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.html, or emailed to you by contacting the Judicial Selection Office at 505.277.4700. The deadline for applications has been set for Tuesday, January 15, 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 Sixth Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission will convene on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 9:00 am at the Grant County Courthouse 201 N. Cooper Street, Main Courtroom, 2nd Floor, Silver City, NM 88061. 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.

Second Judicial District Court Division XVII - Civil Announcement of Vacancy

Posted December 3, 2018

The Second Judicial District Court announces the retirement of the Honorable Judge Nan Nash effective, January 1, 2019. This judicial vacancy will be for Division XVII (Civil), inquires 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.html, or by email by contacting Beverly Akin at (505) 277-4700. The deadline for applications has been set for Tuesday, January 7, 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 Friday, January 24, 2019, at the Second Judicial District Court located at 400 Lomas Blvd NW, Room 338, Albuquerque, NM 87102, 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.

Second Judicial District Court Division VI - Criminal Announcement of Vacancy

Posted December 3, 2018

Due to the November 6, 2018 elections, one vacancy on the Second Judicial District Court will exist as of January 1, 2019, to fill the seats of Judge Briana Zamora; this judicial vacancy will be for the Division VI (CRIMINAL). Inquiries regarding specific details for this judicial vacancy should be directed 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.html, or by email by contacting Beverly Akin at (505) 277-4700. The deadline for applications has been set for Tuesday, January 8, 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 Friday, January 25, 2019, at the Second Judicial District Court located at 400 Lomas Blvd NW, Room 338, Albuquerque, NM 87102, 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.

New Mexico Second Judicial District Court Nominees

Posted November 28, 2018

The Second Judicial District Court Nominating Commission convened on November 27, 2018 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and completed its evaluation of the eleven (11) applicants for the criminal vacancy on the Second Judicial District Court

The Commission recommends the following applicants to Governor Susana Martinez:

Stephen French

Ned Fuller

Daniel Jose Gallegos

Chris Schultz

Second Judicial District Court Nominating Commission - Revised

Posted November 19, 2018

Eleven (11) applications have been received in the Judicial Selection Office as of 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 14, 2018, for the Judicial Vacancy in the Second Judicial District Court due to the retirement of the Honorable Judge Alan M. Malott effective October 31, 2018.

The District Judicial Nominating Commission will meet at 9:00 am on Tuesday, November 27, 2018, at the Bernalillo County Courthouse, 400 Lomas NW, Albuquerque, 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:

Edward L. Benavidez

Steven Diamond

Stephen French

Ned Fuller

Daniel Jose Gallegos

Denise Hall

Gloria Irene Lucero

James P. Lyle

Chris Schultz

Brian A. Thomas

Lisa Torraco

New Mexico Court of Appeals Announcement of Vacancy

Posted November 15, 2018

Due to the November 6, 2018 elections, one vacancy on the New Mexico Court of Appeals Court will exist as of January 1, 2019, to fill the seat of Judge Michael Vigil. Inquiries regarding the details or assignment of this judicial vacancy should be directed to 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.html, or emailed to you by contacting the Judicial Selection Office at 505.277.4700. The deadline for applications has been set for Tuesday, December 18, 2018 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 11, 2019, to interview applicants for the position at the Supreme Court Building, 237 Don Gaspar Avenue in Santa Fe, NM. 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.

Second Judicial District Court Announcement of Vacancy

Posted November 9, 2018

The Second Judicial District Court announces the retirement of the Honorable Judge Alan M. Malott effective October 31, 2018.  This judicial vacancy will be for the CRIMINAL DIVISION, inquiries regarding more specific details of this judicial vacancy should be directed 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.html, or by email by contacting Beverly Akin at (505) 277-4700.  The deadline for applications has been set for Wednesday, November 14, 2018 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, November 27, 2018, at the Second Judicial District Court located at 400 Lomas Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102, 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.

Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Announcement of Vacancy (Revised)

Posted November 8, 2018

Due to the November 6, 2018 elections, two vacancies on the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court will exist as of January 1, 2019, to fill the seats of Judge Kenny Montoya and Judge Edward Benavidez. Inquiries regarding the details or assignment of these judicial vacancies should be directed to the Administrator of the Court.

Sergio Pareja, Chair of the Bernalillo County Metropolitan 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.html, or emailed to you by contacting the Judicial Selection Office at 505.277.4700. The deadline for applications has been set for Thursday, December 13, 2018, by 5:00 pm. 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 Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Nominating Commission will meet beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, January 18, 2019, to interview applicants for the positions at the Metropolitan Courthouse, located at 401 Lomas NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 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.

Judicial Notice of Resignation

Second Judicial District

Posted November 5, 2018

The Second Judicial District Court announces the retirement of the Honorable Judge Nan Nash effective January 1, 2019. A Judicial Nominating Commission will be convened in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the Second Judicial District Courthouse in January, 2019 to interview applicants for these vacancies.

Further information on the application process can be found on the Judicial Selection website (http://lawschool.unm.edu/judsel/index.html), updates regarding the vacancy and the news release.

Second Judicial District Court Announcement Of Vacancy

Posted October 16, 2018

The Second Judicial District Court announces the retirement of the Honorable Judge Alan M. Malott effective October 31, 2018. Inquiries regarding more specific details of this judicial vacancy should be directed 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.html, or by email by contacting Beverly Akin at (505) 277-4700. The deadline for applications has been set for Wednesday, November 14, 2018 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, November 27, 2018, at the Second Judicial District Court located at 400 Lomas Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102, 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.

Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Announcement of Vacancy

Posted October 9, 2018

A vacancy on the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court will exist as of January 1, 2019, due to the retirements of the Honorable Judge Sharon Walton, effective Monday, December 31, 2018. Inquiries regarding the details or assignment of this judicial vacancy should be directed to the Administrator of the Court.

Sergio Pareja, Chair of the Bernalillo County Metropolitan 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.html, or emailed to you by contacting the Judicial Selection Office at 505.277.4700. The deadline for applications has been set for December 13, 2018 by 5:00 pm. 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 Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Nominating Commission will meet beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, January 18, 2019, to interview applicants for the position at the Metropolitan Courthouse, located at 401 Lomas NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 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.

New Mexico Supreme Court Announcement of Vacancy

Posted October 1, 2018

A vacancy on the Supreme Court will exist as of January 2, 2019, due to the retirements of the Honorable Supreme Court Justice Charles W. Daniels and the Honorable Supreme Court Justice Petra Jimenez Maes, effective Tuesday, January 1, 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 Supreme 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.html, or emailed to you by contacting the Judicial Selection Office at 505.277.4700. The deadline for applications has been set for December 6, 2018 by 5:00 pm. 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 New Mexico Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission will meet beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 10, 2019, to interview applicants for the position at the Supreme Court Building, 237 Don Gaspar Avenue in Santa Fe, NM. 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.