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.


Second Judicial District Court Civil Division XII
Candidate Announcement

May 28, 2021

The Second Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission meeting convened by ZOOM on Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 9:00 am, and completed its evaluation of the six applicants to fill the vacancy on the Second Judicial District Court due to the retirement of the Honorable Judge Clay Campbell, effective May 1, 2021.  

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

Elaine P. Lujan
Sean Patrick McAfee
Karl William Reifsteck

New Mexico Supreme Court Announcement of Applicants

May 21, 2021

Seven applications were received in the Judicial Selection Office at 5:00 p.m. Friday, May 21, 2021. The vacancy occurred due to the retirement of the Honorable Senior Supreme Court Justice Barbara Vigil, effective June 30, 2021. Inquiries regarding the details or assignment of this judicial vacancy should be directed to the Administrator of the Court.

The NM Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission will convene beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 17, 2021, and will occur exclusively by Zoom. The Commission meeting is open to the public, and anyone who wishes to be heard about any of the applicants will have an opportunity to be heard. If you would like the Zoom invitation emailed to you, please contact Beverly Akin by email at akin@law.unm.edu. Alternatively, you may find the Zoom information for this hearing below.

The names of the applicants in alphabetical order:

  • Frank V. Crociata
  • Judge Jennifer DeLaney
  • Judge T. Glenn Ellington
  • Scott Thomas Fuqua
  • Judge Victor Lopez
  • Mekko M. Miller
  • Judge Briana Zamora

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Topic:  New Mexico Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission Meeting Date: Thursday, June 17, 2021

Time:  9:00 am

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Second Judicial District Court Civil Division XII Announcement of Applicants

May 7, 2021

Six applications were received in the Judicial Selection Office at 5:00 p.m. Thursday, May 6, 2021. 

The vacancy occurred due to the retirement of the Honorable Judge Clay Campbell, effective May 1, 2021.  Inquiries regarding the details or assignment of this judicial vacancy should be directed to the Administrator of the Court.

The Second Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission will convene beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 27, 2021, and will occur exclusively by Zoom.  The Commission meeting is open to the public, and anyone who wishes to be heard about any of the applicants will have an opportunity to be heard.  If you would like the Zoom invitation emailed to you, please contact Beverly Akin by email at akin@law.unm.edu.  Alternatively, you may find the Zoom information for this hearing below.

The names of the applicants in alphabetical order:

Lalita Devarakonda
Denise Soto Hall
Elaine P. Lujan
Sean Patrick McAfee
Feliz Angelica Rael
Karl William Reifsteck

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Topic:  Second Judicial District Court - Civil Division XII Judicial Nominating Commission Meeting Date: Thursday, May 27, 2021

Time:  9:00 am

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Judicial Nominating Commission Fourth Judicial District Candidate Announcement

April 26, 2021

The Fourth Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission meeting convened by ZOOM on Monday, April 26, 2021 at 9:00 am, and completed its evaluation of the three applicants to fill the vacancy on the Fourth Judicial District Court due to the recent appointment of the Honorable Judge Gerald E. Baca to the New Mexico Court of Appeals effective April 26, 2021.

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

Michael Able Aragon
Herman G. Gallegos, aka Herman Chico Gallegos
Twila C. Quintana

NEW MEXICO SUPREME COURT ANNOUNCEMENT OF VACANCY

April 21, 2021

A vacancy on the Supreme Court will exist as of July 1, 2021 due to the retirement of the Honorable Senior Supreme Court Justice Barbara Vigil, effective June 30, 2021. Inquiries regarding the details or assignment of this judicial vacancy should be directed to the Administrator of the Court.

Sergio Pareja, Chair of the Supreme 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, May 21, 2021, by 5:00 pm. All applications and letters of references are to be emailed to akin@law.unm.edu. Applications received after 5:00 pm 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 New Mexico Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission will convene beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 17, 2021, and will occur exclusively by Zoom. 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. If you would like the Zoom invitation emailed to you, please contact Beverly Akin by email at akin@law.unm.edu. Alternatively, you may find the Zoom information for this hearing below:

Topic: New Mexico Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission Meeting

Date Time:  Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 9:00 am

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Revised Fourth Judicial District Court Announcement of Applicants

April 19, 2021

Four applications have been received in the Judicial Selection Office on Friday, April 16, 2021.  The vacancy occurred due to the recent appointment of the Honorable Judge Gerald E. Baca to the New Mexico Court of Appeals.  Inquiries regarding the details or assignment of this judicial vacancy should be directed to the Administrator of the Court.

The Fourth Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission will convene beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, April 26, 2021, and will occur exclusively by Zoom.  The Commission meeting is open to the public, and anyone who wishes to be heard about any of the applicants will have an opportunity to be heard.  If you would like the Zoom invitation emailed to you, please contact Beverly Akin by email at akin@law.unm.edu.  Alternatively, you may find the Zoom information for this hearing below.

The names of the applicants in alphabetical order:

Michael Able Aragon
Kathleen (Kit) Ayala
Herman G. Gallegos, aka Herman Chico Gallegos
Twila C. Quintana

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Topic: Fourth Judicial District Court Nominating Commission Meeting

Date Time: Monday, April 26, 2021 at 9:00 am

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Judicial Nominating Commission New Mexico Court of Appeals Candidate Announcement

April 12, 2021

The Seventh Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission meeting convened by ZOOM on Monday, April 12, 2021 at 9:00 am, and completed its evaluation of the seven applicants to fill the vacancy on the Seventh Judicial District Court due to the unexpected passing of the Honorable Chief Judge Matthew Reynolds.

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

  • Ricardo Berry
  • Raymond Sharbutt, Jr.
  • Katherine Stout
  • Roscoe A. Woods

Fourth Judicial District Court Vacancy Announcement

March 26th, 2020

Due to the recent appointment of the Honorable Judge Gerald E. Baca to the New Mexico Court of Appeals, a vacancy will exist in the Fourth Judicial District Court effective April 26, 2021. Inquiries regarding the details or assignment of this judicial vacancy should be directed to the Chief Judge or the Administrator of the court.

Sergio Pareja, Chair of Fourth Judicial District Court 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 emailing the Judicial Selection Office at akin@law.unm.edu. The deadline for applications has been set for Friday, April 16, 2021. Applications received after that time will not be considered.

The Judicial Nominating Commission will meet at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, April 26, 2021, and the meeting will occur exclusively by Zoom. 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. If you would like the Zoom invitation emailed to you, please contact Beverly Akin by email at akin@law.unm.edu. Alternatively, you may find the Zoom information for this hearing below:

Topic: Fourth Judicial District Court Nominating Commission Meeting

Time:  Monday, April 26, 2021 at 9:00am

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Second Judicial District Court Civil Division XII Announcement of Vacancy

April 2, 2020

One vacancy on the Second Judicial District Court Civil Division XII will exist as of May 1, 2021, due to the retirement of the Honorable Judge Clay Campbell, effective May 1, 2021. Inquiries regarding additional details or assignment of this judicial vacancy should be directed to the Chief Judge or the Administrator of the court

Sergio Pareja, Chair of Second Judicial District Court 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 emailing the Judicial Selection Office at akin@law.unm.edu. The deadline for applications has been set for Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 5:00 pm. Applications received after that time 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 Second Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission will convene beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 27, 2021, and the meeting will occur exclusively by Zoom. 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. If you would like the Zoom invitation emailed to you, please contact Beverly Akin by email at akin@law.unm.edu. Alternatively, you may find the Zoom information for this hearing below:

Topic: Seventh Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission Meeting

Time: Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 9:00am

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Seventh Judicial District Court Vacancy Announcement

March 30, 2020

Seven applications have been received in the Judicial Selection Office as of 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 30, 2021, the vacancy occurred due to the unexpected passing of the Honorable Chief Judge Matthew Reynolds. Inquiries regarding the details or assignment of this judicial vacancy should be directed to the Administrator of the Court.

The Seventh Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission will convene beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, April 12, 2021, and will occur exclusively by Zoom. The Commission meeting is open to the public, and anyone who wishes to be heard about any of the applicants will have an opportunity to be heard. If you would like the Zoom invitation emailed to you, please contact Beverly Akin by email at akin@law.unm.edu. Alternatively, you may find the Zoom information for this hearing below.

The names of the applicants in alphabetical order:

  • Ricardo A. Berry
  • Lee Albert Deschamps
  • Anne Elizabeth Gibson
  • Virginia Louise Hicks
  • Raymond Frederick (Ray F.) Sharbutt, Jr.
  • Katherine Renee Stout
  • Roscoe Augustus Woods

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Topic: Seventh Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission Meeting

Time: Monday, April 12, 2021 at 9:00am

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Seventh Judicial District Court Vacancy Announcement

March 17, 2020

The Judicial Nominating Office received notice on March 16, 2021, that a vacancy has occurred in the Seventh Judicial District Court due to the unexpected passing of the Honorable Chief Judge Matthew Reynolds. Inquiries regarding the details or assignment of this judicial vacancy should be directed to the Chief Judge or the Administrator of the court. Sergio Pareja, Chair of Seventh Judicial District Court 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 emailing the Judicial Selection Office at akin@law.unm.edu. The deadline for applications has been set for Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 5:00 pm. Applications received after that time will not be considered. The Judicial Nominating Commission will meet at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, April 12, 2021, and the meeting will occur exclusively by Zoom. 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. If you would like the Zoom invitation emailed to you, please contact Beverly Akin by email at akin@law.unm.edu. Alternatively, you may find the Zoom information for this hearing below:

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Topic: Seventh Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission Meeting

Time: Monday, April 12, 2021

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