Lysette Romero Cordova
BA University of New Mexico (2008)
JD University of New Mexico School of Law (2012)
Member of the New Mexico Bar
Lysette Romero Córdova is an assistant professor of law, teaching Elements of Legal Argumentation I and II in the law school's Legal Analysis and Communication Program. A native of rural northern New Mexico, Professor Romero Córdova is a first-generation college graduate and attorney.
In law school, Romero Córdova served as a Professional Articles Editor on the New Mexico Law Review (NMLR); her article, “The Argument for Enhancing Procedural Due Process in New Mexico: Why English-Only Notice to Spanish-Only Speakers is Not Enough,” was published in Volume 41 of the NMLR. During her clinical rotation, she litigated a Hague Abduction Convention case in the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico under the supervision of Professor Antoinette Sedillo López. Romero Córdova was also an extern for then-Judge Michael E. Vigil of the New Mexico Court of Appeals and served as a law clerk in the litigation firm Stelzner, Winter, Warburton, Flores, Sanchez, and Dawes, P.A.
Romero Córdova earned her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, as a Regents’ Scholar from the University of New Mexico and earned her Juris Doctor degree cum laude from the University of New Mexico School of Law. After law school, she served as a judicial law clerk to retired Justice Edward L. Chávez (’81) of the New Mexico Supreme Court. She then represented school districts in private practice before joining the New Mexico Court of Appeals as a Prehearing attorney. After four years with the Court of Appeals, Romero Córdova was hired as associate counsel with the Office of Supreme Court Counsel at the New Mexico Supreme Court. Romero Córdova has extensive experience in appeals, having worked on more than 250 cases spanning all areas of the law in her time with New Mexico's appellate courts.
Romero Córdova serves on the board of the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association and as a member of the New Mexico Judicial Translation Project Committee. Her academic interests include issues surrounding language access, appellate law, and criminal law—including bail reform.
The Argument for Enhancing Procedural Due Process in New Mexico: Why English-Only Notice to Spanish-Only Speakers is Not Enough, 41 N.M. L. REV. 603 (2011).
Available at: NMLR
Clinical Honors, 2012
Mary Han Spirit Award for demonstrating verve, independence, a fierce dedication to fairness/social justice and a robust sense of humor, 2012