Skip to main content

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.


Revised
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.