Three UNM Law Alumni Take a Seat on State Appeals Court

Timothy Garcia (`84), Robert Robles (`75) and Linda Vanzi (`95) were sworn in as the newest members of the New Mexico Court of Appeals, bringing to eight the number of UNM School of Law alumni on the 10-member bench.

They join fellow alums Michael Bustamante (`74), Celia Foy Castillo (`81) Cynthia Fry (`81) Jonathan Sutin (`63) and Michael Vigil (`77). Other judges are Roderick Kennedy and James Wechsler.

The new judges were sworn in at a standing-room only ceremony on Feb. 6 at the Albuquerque Museum. All three served at the district court level before being appointed to the appellate court.

“I hope that our combined experience, ongoing commitment to the judiciary and absolute joy in these appointments continue to serve the people of New Mexico well and that we contribute in a meaningful way to the incredible work by these (other) judges on the Court of Appeals,” said Vanzi, who previously served as a judge in the Second Judicial District.

Robles, formerly of the Third Judicial District, echoed those remarks. “It is an honor to serve with the distinguished members of the Court of Appeals,” he said. “I am excited and energized about this new challenge.”

Garcia, formerly of the First Judicial District, acknowledged the “tremendous responsibility that comes from...joining the previous 50 Court of Appeals judges ever to have served in this state.”