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 Judicial Nominating Commission Announcement of Applicants

Eleven (11) applications have been received in the Judicial Selection Office as of 5:00 p.m., Friday, August 5, 2022, for the vacancy on the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court which will exist as of July 23, 2022, due to the appointment of the Honorable Judge David Murphy to the Second Judicial District Court, effective July 22, 2022.

The Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Nominating Commission will meet beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, August 19, 2022, to interview applicants for the position at the Bernalillo 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. T

he names of the applicants in alphabetical order:

Steven Gary Diamond

Shonnetta Raquette Estrada

Michael Philip Fricke

Veronica Hill

Claire Ann McDaniel

Todd A. Olmos

Edmund E. Perea

Mark Anthony Ramsey

Ashley Reymore-Cloud

Daniel Roberson

Carlos Scarborough

All attendees of the meeting of the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Judicial Nominating Commission will be required to wear a face mask at all times while at the meeting regardless of their vaccination status.

Fifth Judicial District Court Announcement of Consideration of Additional Applications

August 4, 2022

The Fifth Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission met on Tuesday, July 19, 2022, and submitted one name to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham for consideration to fill the vacancy in the Fifth Judicial District Court that existed as of July 1, 2022, due to the creation of an additional judgeship by the Legislature.

Pursuant to her authority to do so, Governor Lujan Grisham has requested that the commission consider submitting additional names to her for consideration. Accordingly, Dean Camille Carey of the UNM School of Law, designated by the New Mexico Constitution to Chair the Fifth Judicial District Nominating Commission, is soliciting additional applications for this position from lawyers who meet the statutory qualifications.

Applications, as well as information related to qualifications for the position, may be obtained from the Judicial Selection website, or emailed to you by contacting Beverly Akin at the Judicial Selection Office. The deadline for applications has been set for Friday, August 12, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. Applications received after that date will not be considered.

Applications received by the initial deadline of Tuesday, June 14, 2022, remain viable and open for consideration by the commission. Applicants who appeared before the commission on July 19, 2022, including the one applicant whose name was submitted to Governor Lujan Grisham, do not need to reapply or reappear before the commission.

Applicants seeking information regarding election or retention if appointed should contact the Bureau of Elections in the Office of the Secretary of State.

The date and time of the reconvening of the Fifth Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission will be Thursday, August 25, 2022, beginning at 9:30 a.m., at the Fifth Judicial District Court Eddy County, 102 N Canal St, Carlsbad, NM 88220, and additional interviews will be conducted then. 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 speak at that time.

Consistent with the governor’s recent mask mandate, all attendees of the meeting of the Fifth Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission will be required to wear a face mask at all times while at the meeting regardless of their vaccination status.

Second Judicial District Court Announcement of Vacancy

July 21, 2022

A vacancy on the Second Judicial District Court will exist in exist as of August 1, 2022, due to the retirement of the Honorable Jude Alisa A. Hart. Inquiries regarding the details or assignment of this judicial vacancy should be directed to the Administrator of the Court. Applicants seeking information regarding election or retention if appointed should contact the Bureau of Elections in the Office of the Secretary of State.

Camille Carey, Chair of the Second 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, or emailed to you by contacting the Judicial Selection Office at akin@law.unm.edu. The deadline for applications has been set for Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. Applications received after that time will not be considered.

The Second Judicial District Court Nominating Commission will meet beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 23, 2022, to interview applicants for the position at the New Mexico State Bar located at 5121 Masthead Street N.E., in their conference rooms, with no mask or social distancing requirement. Of course, any individual may elect to wear a mask., 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.

Fifth Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission Candidate Announcement

July 20, 2022

The Fifth Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission convened on Tuesday, July 19, 2022, at the Fifth Judicial District Court Eddy County, located at 102 N Canal St, Carlsbad, NM 88220, and completed its evaluation of the two candidates for the one vacancy on the Fifth Judicial Court due to the creation of an additional Judgeship by the Legislature.  

The Commission recommends the following candidate to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham: 

AnneMarie Cheroke Lewis

Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Announcement of Vacancy

July 13, 2022

A vacancy on the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court will exist as of July 23, 2022, due to the appointment of the Honorable Judge David Murphy to the Second Judicial District Court, effective July 22, 2022. Inquiries regarding the details or assignment of this judicial vacancy should be directed to the Administrator of the Court. Applicants seeking information regarding election or retention if appointed should contact the Bureau of Elections in the Office of the Secretary of State.

Camille Carey, 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, or emailed to you by contacting the Judicial Selection Office at akin@law.unm.edu. The deadline for applications has been set for Friday, August 5, 2022 at 5:00 pm. Applications received after that time will not be considered.

The Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Nominating Commission will meet beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, August 19, 2022, to interview applicants for the position at the Bernalillo 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.

All attendees of the meeting of the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Judicial Nominating Commission will be required to wear a face mask at all times while at the meeting regardless of their vaccination status

Fifth Judicial District Court – Carlsbad, NM
Announcement of Applicants 

June 14, 2022

Four (4)  applications have been received in the Judicial Selection Office as of 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 14, 2022, for the vacancy on the Fifth Judicial District Court which will exist as of July 1, 2022, due to the creation of an additional Judgeship by the Legislature.

The Fifth Judicial District Court Nominating Commission will convene beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 19, 2022, at the Fifth Judicial District Court Eddy County, 102 N Canal St, Carlsbad, NM 88220, to interview the applicants for this position.

The names of the applicants in alphabetical order:

AnneMarie Cheroke Lewis Alan
Daniel Ostrovsky
D’Ann Read
Hessel Edward Yntema IV

All attendees of the meeting of the Fifth Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission will be required to wear a face mask at all times while at the meeting regardless of their vaccination status.

Thirteenth Judicial District Court Candidate Announcement

June 11, 2022

The Thirteenth Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission convened on Friday, June 10, 2022, in person, at the Sandoval County Commission Chambers located at 1500 Idalia Road, Building D, Bernalillo, New Mexico, and completed its evaluation of the six applicants to fill the vacancy on the Thirteenth Judicial District Court which will exist as of July 1, 2022, due to the creation of an additional Judgeship by the Legislature.

The Commission recommends the following candidates to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham:

The names of the applicants in alphabetical order:

Steven Paul Archibeque
Sonya Kay Duke-Noel
Karl William Reifsteck
Simone M. Seiler

Thirteenth Judicial District Court Venue Change

June 8, 2022

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Thirteenth Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission will meet at 9:00 am on Friday, June 10, 2022, at the Sandoval County Commission Chambers located at 1500 Idalia Road, Building D, Bernalillo, New Mexico, with no mask or social distancing requirement. The Commission will meet to interview applicants to recommend names to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, to fill a vacancy on the Thirteen Judicial District Court.

The Commission 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 Candidate Announcement

June 8, 2022

The Second Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission convened on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, in person, at the New Mexico State Bar located at 5121 Masthead Street N.E., Albuquerque, New Mexico and completed its evaluation of the eight applicants to fill the vacancy on the Second Judicial District Court which will exist as of July 1, 2022, due to the creation of an additional Judgeship by the Legislature.

The Commission recommends the following candidates to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham:

The names of the applicants in alphabetical order:
Michael Philip Fricke
David Allen Murphy
Rose Osborne

Second Judicial District Court Venue Change

May 24, 2022

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Second Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission will meet at 9:00 am on Tuesday, June 7, 2022 at the New Mexico State Bar located at 5121 Masthead Street N.E., in their conference rooms, with no mask or social distancing requirement. Of course, any individual may elect to wear a mask.

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 Candidate Announcement

May 23, 2022

The Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Judicial Nominating Commission convened on Monday, May 23, 2022, at the Metropolitan Courthouse, located at 401 Lomas NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico, and completed its evaluation of the six candidates for the one vacancy on the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court due to the retirement of the Honorable Judge Victor E. Valdez effective May 31, 2022. 

The Commission recommends the following candidates to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham: 

Steven Gary Diamond
Asra Imtiaz Elliott
Veronica Lee Hill
Claire Ann McDaniel

Thirteenth Judicial District Court Announcement of Applicants

May 17, 2022

Six (6) applications have been received in the Judicial Selection Office as of 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 17, 2022, for the vacancy on the Thirteenth Judicial District Court which will exist as of July 1, 2022, due to the creation of an additional Judgeship by the Legislature.

The Thirteenth Judicial District Court Nominating Commission will convene beginning at 9:00 a.m. Friday, June 10, 2022, to interview applicants for the position at the Thirteenth Judicial District Court located at 1500 Idalia Rd, Bernalillo, NM 87004.

The names of the applicants in alphabetical order:

  1. Steven Paul Archibeque
  2. Michael Eshleman
  3. Sonya Kay Duke-Noel
  4. Karl William Reifsteck
  5. Simone M. Seiler
  6. Matthew Wadsworth

All attendees of the meeting of the Thirteenth Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission will be required to wear a face mask at all times while at the meeting regardless of their vaccination status.

Second Judicial District Court Announcement of Applicants

May 9, 2022

Eight (8)  applications have been received in the Judicial Selection Office as of 5:00 p.m., Monday, May 9, 2022, for the vacancy on the Second Judicial District Court which will exist as of July 1, 2022, due to the creation of an additional Judgeship by the Legislature.

The Second Judicial District Court Nominating Commission will convene beginning at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 7, 2022, to interview applicants for the position at the Second Judicial District Court located at 400 Lomas Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM.

The names of the applicants in alphabetical order:

Steven Gary Diamond
Michael Philip Fricke
Asra I. Elliott
Veronica Lee Hill
Mekko Mangas Miller
David Allen Murphy
Rose Osborne
Mark Anthony Ramsey

All attendees of the meeting of the Second Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission will be required to wear a face mask at all times while at the meeting regardless of their vaccination status.

Fifth Judicial District Court
Judicial Nominating Commission
Proposed Changes to the Rules Governing Judicial Nominating Commissions

May 4, 2022

The New Mexico Supreme Court’s Equity and Justice Commission’s subcommittee on judicial nominations has proposed changes to the Rules Governing New Mexico Judicial Nominating Commissions.  These proposed changes, will be discussed and voted on during the upcoming meeting of the Fifth Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission.  The Commission meeting is open to the public beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 19, 2022, at the Fifth Judicial District Court Eddy County, 102 N Canal St, Carlsbad, NM 88220.  Please email Beverly Akin (akin@law.unm.edu) if you would like to request a copy of the proposed changes.

All attendees of the meeting of the Fifth Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission will be required to wear a face mask at all times while at the meeting regardless of their vaccination status.

Fifth Judicial District Court – Carlsbad, NM
Announcement of Vacancy

May 4, 2022

A vacancy on the Fifth Judicial District Court in Carlsbad, NM will exist in exist as of July 1, 2022, due to the creation of an additional judgeship by the Legislature.  Inquiries regarding the details or assignment of this judicial vacancy should be directed to the Administrator of the Court. Applicants seeking information regarding election or retention if appointed should contact the Bureau of Elections in the Office of the Secretary of State.

Sergio Pareja, Chair of the Fifth Judicial Nominating Commission, solicits applications for this position from lawyers who meet the statutory qualifications in Article VI, Section 8 of the New Mexico Constitution.  Applications may be obtained from the Judicial Selection website: https://lawschool.unm.edu/judsel/application.html, or emailed to you by contacting the Judicial Selection Office at akin@law.unm.edu  The deadline for applications has been set for Tuesday, June 14, 2022 by 5:00 pm.  Applications received after that date and time will not be considered.

The Fifth Judicial District Court Nominating Commission will meet beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 19, 2022, at the Fifth Judicial District Court Eddy County, 102 N Canal St, Carlsbad, NM 88220, to interview the applicants for this position. The Commission 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.

All attendees of the meeting of the Fifth Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission will be required to wear a face mask at all times while at the meeting regardless of their vaccination status.

REVISED Thirteenth Judicial District Court Announcement of Vacancy

April 26, 2022

A vacancy on the Thirteenth Judicial District Court will exist in exist as of July 1, 2022, due to the creation of an additional judgeship by the Legislature. Inquiries regarding the details or assignment of this judicial vacancy should be directed to the Administrator of the Court. Applicants seeking information regarding election or retention if appointed should contact the Bureau of Elections in the Office of the Secretary of State.

Sergio Pareja, Chair of the Thirteenth 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, or emailed to you by contacting the Judicial Selection Office at akin@law.unm.edu. The deadline for applications has been set for Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. Applications received after that time will not be considered.

The Thirteenth Judicial District Court Nominating Commission will meet beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, June 10, 2022, to interview applicants for the position at the Thirteenth Judicial District Court - Sandoval located at 1500 Idalia Rd, Bernalillo, NM 87004, to evaluate the applicants for this position. The Commission 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.

All attendees of the meeting of the Thirteenth Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission will be required to wear a face mask at all times while at the meeting regardless of their vaccination status.


Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Announcement of Applicants

April 26, 2022

Six (6) applications have been received in the Judicial Selection Office as of 5:00 p.m., Monday, April 25, 2022, to fill the vacancy in the Bernalillo County Metropolitan due to the retirement of the Honorable Judge Victor E. Valdez effective May 31, 2022.

The Bernalillo County Metropolitan Criminal Court Nominating Commission will convene beginning at 9:00 a.m. Monday, May 23, 2022, to interview applicants for the position at the Metropolitan Courthouse, located at 401 Lomas NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The names of the applicants in alphabetical order:

Ashley Reymore-Cloud
Steven Gary Diamond
Asra Imtiaz Elliott
Shonnetta Raquette Estrada
Veronica Lee Hill
Claire Ann McDaniel

All attendees of the meeting of the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Judicial Nominating Commission will be required to wear a face mask at all times while at the meeting regardless of their vaccination status.

Second Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission Proposed Changes to the Rules Governing Judicial Nominating Commissions

April 19, 2022

The New Mexico Supreme Court’s Equity and Justice Commission’s subcommittee on judicial nominations has proposed changes to the Rules Governing New Mexico Judicial Nominating Commissions. These proposed changes, will be discussed and voted on during the upcoming meeting of the Second Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission. The Commission meeting is open to the public beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, at the Second Judicial District Court located at 400 Lomas Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102, 4. Please email Beverly Akin (akin@law.unm.edu) if you would like to request a copy of the proposed changes.

All attendees of the meeting of the Second Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission will be required to wear a face mask at all times while at the meeting regardless of their vaccination status.

Thirteenth Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission Proposed Changes to the Rules Governing Judicial Nominating Commissions

April 19, 2022

The New Mexico Supreme Court’s Equity and Justice Commission’s subcommittee on judicial nominations has proposed changes to the Rules Governing New Mexico Judicial Nominating Commissions. These proposed changes, will be discussed and voted on during the upcoming meeting of the Thirteenth Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission. The Commission meeting is open to the public beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, June 10, 2022, at the Thirteenth Judicial District Court – Sandoval, located at 1500 Idalia Rd, Bernalillo, NM 87004. Please email Beverly Akin (akin@law.unm.edu) if you would like to request a copy of the proposed changes.

All attendees of the meeting of the Thirteenth Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission will be required to wear a face mask at all times while at the meeting regardless of their vaccination status.

Thirteenth Judicial District Court Announcement of Vacancy

April 18, 2022

A vacancy on the Thirteenth Judicial District Court will exist in exist as of July 1, 2022, due to the creation of an additional judgeship by the Legislature. Inquiries regarding the details or assignment of this judicial vacancy should be directed to the Administrator of the Court. Applicants seeking information regarding election or retention if appointed should contact the Bureau of Elections in the Office of the Secretary of State.

Sergio Pareja, Chair of the Thirteenth 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, or emailed to you by contacting the Judicial Selection Office at akin@law.unm.edu. The deadline for applications has been set for Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. Applications received after that time will not be considered.

The Thirteenth Judicial District Court Nominating Commission will meet beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, June 10, 2022, to interview applicants for the position at the Thirteenth Judicial District Court - Sandoval located at 1500 Idalia Rd, Bernalillo, NM 87004, to evaluate the applicants for this position. The Commission 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.

All attendees of the meeting of the Thirteenth Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission will be required to wear a face mask at all times while at the meeting regardless of their vaccination status.

Second Judicial District Court Announcement of Vacancy

April 5, 2022

A vacancy on the Second Judicial District Court will exist as of July 1, 2022, due to the creation of an additional Judgeship by the Legislature. Inquiries regarding the details or assignment of this judicial vacancy should be directed to the Administrator of the Court. Applicants seeking information regarding election or retention if appointed should contact the Bureau of Elections in the Office of the Secretary of State.

Sergio Pareja, Chair of the Second 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, or emailed to you by contacting the Judicial Selection Office at akin@law.unm.edu. The deadline for applications has been set for Monday, May 9, 2022 at 5:00 pm. Applications received after that time will not be considered.

The Second Judicial District Court Nominating Commission will meet beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, to interview applicants for the position 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.

All attendees of the meeting of the Second Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission will be required to wear a face mask at all times while at the meeting regardless of their vaccination status.

Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Announcement of Vacancy

April 4, 2022

A vacancy on the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Criminal Misdemeanor and Saturday Arraignment Rotation will exist as of June 1, 2022, due to the retirement of the Honorable Judge Victor E. Valdez effective May 31, 2022. Inquiries regarding the details or assignment of this judicial vacancy should be directed to the Administrator of the Court. Applicants seeking information regarding election or retention if appointed should contact the Bureau of Elections in the Office of the Secretary of State.

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, or emailed to you by contacting the Judicial Selection Office at akin@law.unm.edu. The deadline for applications has been set for Monday, April 25, 2022 at 5:00 pm. Applications received after that time will not be considered.

The Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Nominating Commission will meet beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, May 23, 2022, 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.

All attendees of the meeting of the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Judicial Nominating Commission will be required to wear a face mask at all times while at the meeting regardless of their vaccination status.

RECONVENED Third Judicial District Nominating Commission

February 25, 2022

The Third Judicial District Nominating Commission reconvened Thursday, February 24, 2022, in Las Cruces, New Mexico, in accordance with the Governor’s request that the Commission submit additional names to her.

The Commission interviewed three additional applicants at its February 24, 2022, meeting and completed a full evaluation of those additional applicants.  As a result, the Commission has recommended two additional applicants.

The Nominating Commission recommends, the following applicants:

Mickey I. R. Gutierrez
Jessica Leigh Streeter

RECONVENE Third Judicial District Court Announcement of Additional Applicants

February 14, 2022

The Third Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission (the “Commission”) met on January 19, 2022, to recommend names to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham to fill a vacancy in the Third Judicial District Court that existed as of January 1, 2022, due to the retirement of the Honorable Judge Marci Beyer. The Commission considered three applicants and recommended one, Jeanne Quintero, to the Governor.  

On January 24, the Governor asked the Commission to reconvene to send her the names of additional names people to consider in addition to Ms. Quintero.  The Commission solicited additional applications, and three were received in the Judicial Selection Office by the deadline of 5:00 p.m., Friday, February 11. In addition, the two applicants whose names were not sent to the Governor remain viable and open for consideration by the Commission. While it is not required, both applicants were also given the opportunity to re-interview upon request. Both, Robert Lara and Ramona J. Martinez-Salopek, have chosen to do so.   

The Commission will reconvene at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 24, 2022, at the Third Judicial District Court, located at 201 W. Picacho Ave., Las Cruces, NM 88005. The Commission will interview the following five people (names listed in alphabetical order): 

Mickey I. R. Gutierrez
Robert Lara
Ramona J. Martinez-Salopek
Jessica Leigh Streeter
Stephanie Marie Zorie 

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. 

Consistent with the Governor’s recent mask mandate, all attendees of the meeting of the Third Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission will be required to wear a face mask at all times while at the meeting regardless of their vaccination status.

Third Judicial District Court Announcement of Consideration of Additional Applications

January 31, 2022

The Third Judicial District Nominating Commission met on January 19, 2022, and submitted one name to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham for consideration to fill the vacancy due to the retirement of the Honorable Judge Marci Beyer, effective December 31, 2021. Pursuant to her authority to do so, Governor Lujan Grisham has requested that the commission consider submitting additional names to her for consideration. Accordingly, Dean Sergio Pareja of the UNM School of Law, designated by the New Mexico Constitution to Chair the Third Judicial District Nominating Commission, is soliciting additional applications for this position from lawyers who meet the statutory qualifications.

Applications, as well as information related to qualifications for the position, may be obtained from the Judicial Selection website, or emailed to you by contacting Beverly Akin at the Judicial Selection Office, akin@law.unm.edu. The deadline for applications has been set for Friday, February 11, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. Applications received after that date will not be considered.

Applications received by the initial deadline of Monday, December 20, 2021, remain viable and open for consideration by the commission. Applicants who appeared before the commission on January 19, 2022, including the one applicant whose name was submitted to Governor Lujan Grisham, do not need to reapply or reappear before the commission.

Applicants seeking information regarding election or retention if appointed should contact the Bureau of Elections in the Office of the Secretary of State.

The date and time of the reconvening of the Third Judicial District Nominating Committee will be Thursday, February 24, 2022, beginning at 9:00 a.m., at the Third Judicial District Court, located at 201 W. Picacho Ave., Las Cruces, NM 88005, and additional interviews will be conducted then. 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 speak at that time.

In addition, the New Mexico Supreme Court’s Equity and Justice Commission’s subcommittee on judicial nominations has proposed changes to the Rules Governing New Mexico Judicial Nominating Commissions. These proposed changes will be discussed and voted on during the upcoming meeting of the Third Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating. Please email Beverly Akin (akin@law.unm.edu) if you would like to request a copy of the proposed changes.

Consistent with the governor’s recent mask mandate, all attendees of the meeting of the Third Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission will be required to wear a face mask at all times while at the meeting regardless of their vaccination status.

Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Candidate Announcement

January 26, 2022

The Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Judicial Nominating Commission convened on

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at the Metropolitan Courthouse, located at 401 Lomas NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico, and completed its evaluation of the eight candidates for the one vacancy on the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court due to the retirement of the Honorable Judge Henry A. Alaniz effective December 31, 2021.

The Commission recommends the following candidates to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham:

Steven Gary Diamond
Claire Ann McDaniel
Nina Safier
Juan Carlos Scarborough

Third Judicial District Court Candidate Announcement

January 19, 2022

The Third Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission convened in-person on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, at 9:00 am at the Third Judicial District Court, located at 201 W. Picacho Ave., Las Cruces, NM and completed its evaluation of the three applicants to fill the vacancy on the Third Judicial District Court due to the retirement of the Honorable Judge Marci Beyer effective December 31, 2021.

The Commission recommends the following candidate to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham:

Jeanne H. Quintero

Third Judicial District Court Announcement of Applicants

January 3, 2022

Three (3) applications have been received in the Judicial Selection Office as of 5:00 p.m.,

Monday, January 3, 2022, to fill the vacancy in the Third Judicial District Court which exist as of January 1, 2022, due to the retirement of the Honorable Judge Marci Beyer effective December 31, 2021.

The Third Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission will convene at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, to interview applicants for the position at the Third Judicial District Court, located at 201 W. Picacho Ave., Las Cruces, NM 88005.

The names of the applicants in alphabetical order:

Robert Lara
Jeanne H. Quintero
Ramona J. Martinez-Salopek

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.

Consistent with the governor’s recent mask mandate, all attendees of the meeting of the Third Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission will be required to wear a face mask at all times while at the meeting regardless of their vaccination status.

Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Announcement of Applicants

December 15, 2021

Eight (8)  applications have been received in the Judicial Selection Office as of 5:00 p.m., Wednesday,

December 15, 2021, to fill the vacancy in the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Criminal Court due to the retirement of the Honorable Judge Henry A. Alaniz effective December 31, 2021.

The Bernalillo County Metropolitan Criminal Court Nominating Commission will convene beginning at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 25, 2022, to interview applicants for the position at the Metropolitan Courthouse, located at 401 Lomas NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico.  

The names of the applicants in alphabetical order: 

Tonie Jessica Abeyta
Steven Gary Diamond
Veronica Lee Hill
Mari Luz Martinez
Claire Ann McDaniel
Rebecca Obenshain O’Gawa
Nina Aviva Safier
Juan Carlos Scarborough

Consistent with the governor’s recent mask mandate, all attendees of the meeting of the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Judicial Nominating Commission will be required to wear a face mask at all times while at the meeting regardless of their vaccination status.

Third Judicial District Court Proposed Changes to the Rules Governing Judicial Nominating Commissions

December 6, 2021

The New Mexico Supreme Court’s Equity and Justice Commission’s subcommittee on judicial nominations has proposed changes to the Rules Governing New Mexico Judicial Nominating Commissions. These proposed changes will be discussed and voted on during the upcoming meeting of the Third Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission beginning 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, at the Third Judicial District courthouse, located at 201 W. Picacho Ave., Las Cruces, NM 88005. Please email Beverly Akin if you would like to request a copy of the proposed changes.

Consistent with the governor’s recent mask mandate, all attendees of the meeting of the Third Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission will be required to wear a face mask at all times while at the meeting regardless of their vaccination status.

Third Judicial District Court Announcement of Vacancy

December 6, 2021

A vacancy on the Third Judicial District Court will exist as of January 1, 2022, due to the retirement of the Honorable Judge Marci Beyer effective December 31, 2021. Inquiries regarding the details or assignment of this judicial vacancy should be directed to the Administrator of the Court. Applicants seeking information regarding election or retention if appointed should contact the Bureau of Elections in the Office of the Secretary of State.

Sergio Pareja, Chair of the Third 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, or emailed to you by contacting the Judicial Selection Office, akin@law.unm.edu. The deadline for applications has been set for Monday, December 20, 2021, at 5:00 pm. Applications received after that time will not be considered.

The Third Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission will meet beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, to interview applicants for the position at the Third Judicial District Court, located at 201 W. Picacho Ave., Las Cruces, NM 88005. 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.

Consistent with the governor’s recent mask mandate, all attendees of the meeting of the Third Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission will be required to wear a face mask at all times while at the meeting regardless of their vaccination status.

Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Judicial Nominating Commission Proposed Changes to the Rules Governing Judicial Nominating Commissions

November 24, 2021

The New Mexico Supreme Court’s Equity and Justice Commission’s subcommittee on judicial nominations has proposed changes to the Rules Governing New Mexico Judicial Nominating Commissions. These proposed changes, will be discussed and voted on during the upcoming meeting of the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Judicial Nominating Commission. The Commission meeting is open to the public beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 25, 2022, at the Metropolitan Courthouse, located at 401 Lomas NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Please email Beverly Akin if you would like to request a copy of the proposed changes.

Consistent with the governor’s recent mask mandate, all attendees of the meeting of the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Judicial Nominating Commission will be required to wear a face mask at all times while at the meeting regardless of their vaccination status.

Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court – Criminal Division Announcement of Vacancy

November 24, 2021

A vacancy on the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court – Criminal Division will exist as of January 1, 2022, due to the retirement of the Honorable Judge Henry A. Alaniz effective December 31, 2021. Inquiries regarding the details or assignment of this judicial vacancy should be directed to the Administrator of the Court. Applicants seeking information regarding election or retention if appointed should contact the Bureau of Elections in the Office of the Secretary of State.

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, or emailed to you by contacting the Judicial Selection Office at 505.277.4700. The deadline for applications has been set for Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at 5:00 pm. Applications received after that time will not be considered.

The Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Nominating Commission will meet beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 25, 2022, 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.

Consistent with the governor’s recent mask mandate, all attendees of the meeting of the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Judicial Nominating Commission will be required to wear a face mask at all times while at the meeting regardless of their vaccination status.

Ninth Judicial District Court Candidate Announcement

August 25, 2021

The Ninth Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission convened in-person on Wednesday, August 25, 2021, at 9:00 am at the Curry County Courthouse located at 700 N. Main, Clovis, New Mexico and completed its evaluation of the nine applicants to fill the vacancy on the Ninth Judicial District Court due to the retirement of the Honorable Judge Matthew Chandler, effective August 6, 2021.

The Commission recommends the following candidates to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham:

The names of the applicants in alphabetical order:

Jake Boazman
Brett J. Carter
Benjamin S. Cross
Brian Scott Stover

New Mexico Court of Appeals Judicial Nominating Commission Candidate Announcement

August 23, 2021

The New Mexico Court of Appeals Judicial Nominating Commission convened on Monday, August 23, 2021, in person, and completed its evaluation of the eight candidates for the one vacancy due to the appointment of the Honorable Judge Briana Zamora to the New Mexico Supreme Court, effective August 7, 2021.

The Commission recommends the following candidates to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham:

The names of the applicants in alphabetical order:

  • Aletheia V.P. Allen
  • Lauren Keefe
  • Mark Daniel Standridge
  • Nick Sydow
  • Katherine Anne Wray

New Mexico Court of Appeals Applicants Announcement  

August 9, 2021

Eight applications were received in the Judicial Selection Office at 5:00 pm on Monday,

August 9, 2021.  The vacancy occurred, due to the appointment of the Honorable Judge Briana Zamora to the New Mexico Supreme Court, effective August 6, 2021.  Inquiries regarding the details or assignment of this judicial vacancy should be directed to the Administrator of the Court.

The New Mexico Court of Appeals Nominating Commission will convene in-person beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, August 23, 2021, at the Albuquerque New Mexico Court of Appeals satellite office located at 2211 Tucker NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico to evaluate the applicants for this position.  

The Commission meeting is open to the public. Any individual who wishes to be heard about any of the candidates will have an opportunity to be heard at the meeting. Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear face masks, although they may choose to do so. Face masks must be worn at all times by individuals who are not fully vaccinated.

The names of the applicants in alphabetical order:

  • Aletheia V.P. Allen
  • Scott Thomas Fuqua
  • Lauren Keefe
  • Mekko M. Miller
  • Olga Serafimova
  • Mark Daniel Standridge
  • Nick Sydow
  • Katherine Anne Wray

Ninth Judicial District Court Applicants Announcement 

August 9, 2021

Nine applications were received in the Judicial Selection Office at 5:00 pm on Friday August 6, 2021.  The vacancy occurred, due to the retirement of the Honorable Judge Matthew Chandler, effective August 6, 2021.  Inquiries regarding the details or assignment of this judicial vacancy should be directed to the Administrator of the Court.

The Ninth Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission will convene in-person beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 25, 2021, at the Curry County Courthouse located at 700 N. Main, Clovis, New Mexico to evaluate the applicants for this position.

The Commission meeting is open to the public. Any individual who wishes to be heard about any of the candidates will have an opportunity to be heard at the meeting. Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear face masks, although they may choose to do so. Face masks must be worn at all times by individuals who are not fully vaccinated.

The names of the applicants in alphabetical order:

  • Angelina Baca
  • Jake Boazman
  • Brett J. Carter
  • Christian P. Christensen
  • Benjamin S. Cross
  • Quentin Ray
  • Justin Lynn Robbs
  • Brian Scott Stover
  • Erin Sumrall Van Soelen