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Judge Sarah Singleton, recently appointed to the First Judicial bench, was honored for her career-long commitment to equal access to justice with the 2010 Justice Mary Walters Award at a dinner ceremony hosted by the Women’s Law Caucus.
Prior to her judicial appointment, Singleton was a shareholder at Montgomery & Andrews, which she joined in 1985 after working for the Public Defender’s Office and in private practice. Throughout her career, she has worked to increase access to the legal system, especially for low-income citizens. In 2006, she joined the bipartisan board of directors of the Legal Services Corp., appointed by then-President George W. Bush.
She has served on several New Mexico committees working for legal access. The state Supreme Court appointed her to the New Mexico Access to Justice Commission. She served two terms on the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants and on the New Mexico Civil Legal Services Commission.
Professor Antoinette Sedillo Lopez presented the keynote address at the event, which was organized by the Women’s Law Caucus to honor women in the legal profession who embody Walters’ (`62) pioneering spirit. Walters had been a pilot in the Women’s Air Corps during World War II and attended law school on the G.I. bill. After practicing law for nine years, she became the first woman to serve as a district judge in New Mexico. Walters went on to serve on the state Court of Appeals and then the New Mexico Supreme Court.