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.


Revised: Fourth Judicial District Court Announcement of Vacancy

October 22, 2020

A vacancy on the Fourth Judicial District Court will exist on January 1, 2021, to fill the position currently occupied by Judge Flora Gallegos. Inquiries regarding more specific details of this judicial vacancy should be directed to the Chief Judge or the Administrator of the court.

The Dean of the UNM School of Law, designated by the New Mexico Constitution to Chair the District Court Nominating Committee, solicits applications for this position from lawyers who meet the statutory qualifications in Article VI, Section 14, of the New Mexico Constitution.

Applications, as well as information related to qualifications for the position, may be obtained from the Judicial Selection website: https://lawschool.unm.edu/judsel/application.html, or by contacting Beverly Akin at akin@law.unm.edu. The deadline for applications has been set for Tuesday, November 3, 2020, by 5:00 pm. All applications and letters of references are to be emailed to akin@law.unm.edu. Applications received after the 5:00 pm deadline that day 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 Judicial Nominating Committee will meet at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 3, 2020, and will occur exclusively by Zoom. The Commission meeting is open to the public, and anyone who wishes to make comments 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 Judicial Nominating Commission Meeting

Time:  Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 9:00 am

Join Zoom Meeting: https://unm.zoom.us/j/379615447?pwd=M3lSVGxuSEkrSjd4cExlVXYwK3MzQT09

Meeting ID: 379 615 447

Password: 72146

12th Judicial District Court Announcement of Vacancy

October 21, 2020

A vacancy on the Twelfth Judicial District Court will exist on November 2, 2020. Due to the retirement of the Honorable James Waylon Counts, effective November 1, 2020. Inquiries regarding more specific details of this judicial vacancy should be directed to the Chief Judge or 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: 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, November 17, 2020, 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.

The Judicial Nominating Commission will meet at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, 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: 12th Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission Meeting

Time: Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 9:00 am

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Meeting ID: 379 615 447

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New Mexico Supreme Court Announcement of Applicants

October 14, 2020

Seven applications have been received in the Judicial Selection Office as of 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 13, 2020, due to the retirement of the Honorable Supreme Court Justice Judith K. Nakamura, effective December 1, 2020.  Inquiries regarding the details or assignment of this judicial vacancy should be directed to the Administrator of the Court.

The New Mexico Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission will convene beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 19 2020, 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:

  • Judge James Waylon Counts
  • Judge Jennifer Ellen DeLaney
  • Frank Victor Crociata
  • Judge Victor S. Lopez
  • Steven S. Michel
  • Judge Julie J. Vargas
  • Judge Briana Hope Zamora

Topic: New Mexico Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission MeetingTime: Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 9:00 am

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Fifth Judicial District Court Announcement of Vacancy

September 28, 2020

A vacancy on the Fifth Judicial District Court will exist on October 17, 2020. Inquiries regarding more specific details of this judicial vacancy should be directed to the Chief Judge or the Administrator of the court.

Sergio Pareja, Chair of the 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. The deadline for applications has been set for Tuesday, October 27, 2020, by 5:00 pm. Applications received after that date and 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 Judicial Nominating Commission will meet at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 12, 2020, 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: Fifth Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission Meeting

Time: Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 9:00 am

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Meeting ID: 379 615 447

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New Mexico Supreme Court Announcement of Vacancy

September 17, 2020

A vacancy on the Supreme Court will exist as of December 1, 2020 due to the retirement of the Honorable Supreme Court Chief Justice Judith K. Nakamura, effective December 1, 2020. 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:  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, October 13, 2020, by 5:00 pm.  All applications and letters of references are to be emailed to akin@law.unm.eduApplications 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, November 19 2020, 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

Time: Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 9:00 am

Join Zoom Meeting: https://unm.zoom.us/j/379615447?pwd=M3lSVGxuSEkrSjd4cExlVXYwK3MzQT09

Meeting ID: 379 615 447

Password: 72146

Fourth Judicial District Court Announcement of Vacancy

September 16, 2020

A vacancy on the Fourth Judicial District Court will exist on January 1, 2021. Inquiries regarding more specific details of this judicial vacancy should be directed to the Chief Judge or the Administrator of the court.

The Dean of the UNM School of Law, designated by the New Mexico Constitution to Chair the District Court Nominating Committee, solicits applications for this position from lawyers who meet the statutory qualifications in Article VI, Section 14, of the New Mexico Constitution.

Applications, as well as information related to qualifications for the position, may be obtained from the Judicial Selection website:  https://lawschool.unm.edu/judsel/application.html, or by contacting Beverly Akin at akin@law.unm.edu. The deadline for applications has been set for Tuesday, November 3, 2020, by 5:00 pm. All applications and letters of references are to be emailed to akin@law.unm.edu. Applications received after the 5:00 pm deadline that day 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 Judicial Nominating Committee will meet at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 3, 2020, and will occur exclusively by Zoom.  The Commission meeting is open to the public, and anyone who wishes to make comments 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

Time: Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 9:00 am

Join Zoom Meeting: https://unm.zoom.us/j/379615447?pwd=M3lSVGxuSEkrSjd4cExlVXYwK3MzQT09

Meeting ID: 379 615 447

Password: 72146

Retirement Postponement New Mexico Supreme Court

June 26, 2020

New Mexico Supreme Court Chief Justice Judith K. Nakamura’s retirement has been postponed.  In light of Justice Nakamura’s announcement regarding the postponement of her retirement, the Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission hearing that had been scheduled for Thursday, July 9, 2020 is hereby postponed until further notice.

New Mexico Court of Appeals Candidate

June 19, 2020

The New Mexico Court of Appeals Nominating Commission convened on June 18, 2020 via

Zoom, and completed its evaluation of the ten nine (10) candidates for the one vacancies on the New Mexico Court of Appeals

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

  1. Aletheia V.P. Allen
  2. Angelica Anaya Allen
  3. Gerald Edward Baca
  4. Lauren Keefe
  5. Nicholas Hagen Mattison
  6. Jane Bloom Yohalem

Twelfth Judicial District Court Candidates Announcement

June 11, 2020

The Twelfth Judicial District Court Nominating Commission convened on June 11, 2020, via Zoom and completed its evaluation of the four (4) applicants for the vacancy on the Twelfth Judicial District Court due to the creation of an additional Judgeship by the Legislature.

The Commission recommends the following two (2) candidates (in alphabetical order) to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham:

David Louis Ceballes, II

Ellen Rattigan Jessen

Third Judicial District Court Candidates Announcement

June 10, 2020

The Third Judicial District Court Nominating Commission convened on Wednesday, June 10, 2020, via Zoom and completed its evaluation of the nine (9) applicants for the vacancy on the Third Judicial District Court due to the creation of an additional Judgeship by the Legislature.  

The Commission recommends the following four (4) candidates (in alphabetical order) to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham:

  1. Heather Chavez
  2. Casey Fitch
  3. Richard Jacquez
  4. Jeanne H. Quintero

REVISED: New Mexico Court of Appeals Nominating Commission Applicant Announcement

June 10, 2020

Ten (10) applications were received in the Judicial Selection Office, for the Judicial Vacancy in the New Mexico Court of Appeals, due to the retirement of the Honorable Judge Linda M. Vanzi effective May 29, 2020.

The names of the applicants in alphabetical order:

  1. Aletheia V.P. Allen
  2. Angelica Anaya Allen
  3. Gerald Edward Baca
  4. Lauren Keefe
  5. Marcos D. Martinez
  6. Nicholas Hagen Mattison
  7. James J. Owens
  8. Karl Matthew Rysted
  9. Mark Daniel Standridge
  10. Jane Bloom Yohalem

The New Mexico Court of Appeals Nominating Commission is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. on June 18, 2020, and will occur exclusively by Zoom. The Commission meeting is open to the public and members of the public will be able to ask questions and make comments through Zoom during the “public participation” portion of the hearing. 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: NM Court of Appeals Judicial Nominating Commission
Time: June 18, 2020 09:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 978 1098 6796
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New Mexico Supreme Court Announcement of Vacancy

June 5, 2020

A vacancy on the Supreme Court will exist as of August 1, 2020 due to the retirements of the Honorable Supreme Court Chief Justice Judith K. Nakamura, effective Friday, July 31, 2020. 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, June 26, 2020, by 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 New Mexico Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission will convene beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 9, 2020, 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: UNM School of Law - Deans Zoom
Time: Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 9:00 am

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New Mexico Court of Appeals Nominating Commission Meeting Date Change Announcement

June 5, 2020

The meeting of the New Mexico Court of Appeals Nominating Commission, which had been scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on Monday, June 29, 2020, has been rescheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 18, 2020. It will occur exclusively by Zoom.

Vice Dean Camille Cary, who will be serving as Acting Dean of UNM School of Law that week due to a necessary unavailability of Dean Pareja, will Chair and preside over the New Mexico Court of Appeals Nominating Commission meeting.

Commissioners, applicants, and members of the public will all use the same link to join the meeting. 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: NM Court of Appeals Judicial Nominating Commission
Time: June 18, 2020 09:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 978 1098 6796
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First Judicial District Court Candidate Announcement

June 2, 2020

First Judicial District Court Nominating Commission convened on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, via zoom in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and completed its evaluation of seven (7) applications for the First Judicial District Court due to the creation of the additional Judgeships by the Legislature.

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

  • Kathleen McGarry Ellenwood
  • Michael R. Jones
  • Pierre Luc Levy

Second Judicial District Court Candidate Announcement

June 2, 2020

Second Judicial District Court Nominating Commission convened on Monday, June 1, 2020, via zoom in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and completed its evaluation of the thirteen (13) applications for the Second Judicial District Court due to the creation of two additional Judgeships by the Legislature.

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

  • Bruce C. Fox
  • Jason Robert Greenlee
  • Anthony Wade Long
  • Joseph Anthony Montano
  • Clara Marissa Moran
  • Michael Larry Rosenfield
  • Lucy Boyadjian Solimon

Twelfth Judicial District Court Applicant Announcement

May 28, 2020

Four (4) application were received in the Judicial Selection Office, for the Judicial Vacancy in the Twelfth Judicial District Court due to the creation of an additional Judgeship by the Legislature.

The name of the applicants:

David Louis Ceballes, II

Albert Richard Greene, III

Ellen Rattigan Jessen

Pilar L. Tirado Murray

The Twelfth Judicial District Court t’s Nominating Commission is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 11, 2020, will occur exclusively by Zoom. The Commission meeting is open to the public and will be able to ask questions and make comments through Zoom during the “public participation” portion of the hearing. 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: 12th Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission

Time: Jun 11, 2020 09:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting: https://unm.zoom.us/j/95498591747

Meeting ID: 954 9859 1747

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REVISED: New Mexico Court of Appeals Nominating Commission Applicant Announcement

May 28, 2020

Eleven (11) applications were received in the Judicial Selection Office, for the Judicial Vacancy in the New Mexico Court of Appeals, due to the retirement of the Honorable Judge Linda M. Vanzi effective May 29, 2020.

The names of the applicants in alphabetical order:

  1. Aletheia V.P. Allen
  2. Angelica Anaya Allen
  3. Gerald Edward Baca
  4. Lisa Chai
  5. Lauren Keefe
  6. Marcos D. Martinez
  7. Nicholas Hagen Mattison
  8. James J. Owens
  9. Karl Matthew Rysted
  10. Mark Daniel Standridge
  11. Jane Bloom Yohalem

The New Mexico Court of Appeals Nominating Commission is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, June 29, 2020, and will occur exclusively by Zoom.  The Commission meeting is open to the public and members of the public will be able to ask questions and make comments through Zoom during the “public participation” portion of the hearing.  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: NM Court of Appeals Judicial Nominating Commission

Time: Jun 29, 2020 09:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting: https://unm.zoom.us/j/97810986796

Meeting ID: 978 1098 6796

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New Mexico Court of Appeals Nominating Commission Applicant Announcement

May 21, 2020

Twelve (12) applications were received in the Judicial Selection Office, for the Judicial Vacancy in the New Mexico Court of Appeals, due to the retirement of the Honorable Judge Linda M. Vanzi effective May 29, 2020.

The names of the applicants in alphabetical order:

  1. Aletheia V.P. Allen
  2. Angelica Anaya Allen
  3. Gerald Edward Baca
  4. Lisa Chai
  5. Lauren Keefe
  6. Kerry Christopher Kiernan
  7. Marcos D. Martinez
  8. Nicholas Hagen Mattison
  9. James J. Owens
  10. Karl Matthew Rysted
  11. Mark Daniel Standridge
  12. Jane Bloom Yohalem

The New Mexico Court of Appeals Nominating Commission is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, June 29, 2020, and will occur exclusively by Zoom.  The Commission meeting is open to the public and members of the public will be able to ask questions and make comments through Zoom during the “public participation” portion of the hearing.  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: NM Court of Appeals Judicial Nominating Commission

Time: Jun 29, 2020 09:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting: https://unm.zoom.us/j/97810986796

Meeting ID: 978 1098 6796

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First Judicial District Court Applicant Announcement

May 14, 2020

Seven (7) applications were received in the Judicial Selection Office, for the Judicial Vacancy in the First Judicial District Court due to the creation of the additional Judgeships by the Legislature.  

The names of the applicants in alphabetical order:

  1. Kathleen McGarry Ellenwood
  2. Craig Hay III
  3. Michael R. Jones
  4. Pierre Luc Levy
  5. Linda Martinez-Palmer
  6. Joseph P. Walsh
  7. Morgan Holly Wood

The First Judicial District Court’s Nominating Commission is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, and will occur exclusively by Zoom.  The Commission meeting is open to the public and members of the public will be able to ask questions and make comments through Zoom during the “public participation” portion of the hearing.  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: 1st Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission

Time: June 2, 2020, 09:00 a.m. Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 986 4711 4320

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Second Judicial District Court Applicant Announcement

May 13, 2020

Thirteen (13) applications were received in the Judicial Selection Office, for the Judicial Vacancy in the Second Judicial District Court due to the creation of two additional Judgeships by the Legislature.

The names of the applicants in alphabetical order:

  1. Steven Diamond
  2. Bruce C. Fox
  3. Joseph William Gandert
  4. Jason Robert Greenlee
  5. Lelia Lorraine Hood
  6. Jennifer Rose Kletter
  7. Anthony Wade Long
  8. Clifford M. McIntyre
  9. Megan Kathleen Mitsunaga
  10. Joseph Anthony Montano
  11. Clara Marissa Moran
  12. Michael Larry Rosenfield
  13. Lucy Boyadjian Solimon

The Second Judicial District Court’s Nominating Commission is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, June 1, 2020, and will occur exclusively by Zoom. The Commission meeting is open to the public and members of the public will be able to ask questions and make comments through Zoom during the “public participation” portion of the hearing. 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: 2nd Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission

Time: June 1, 2020 09:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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Twelfth Judicial District Court Applicant Announcement

May 11, 2020

One (1) application were received in the Judicial Selection Office, for the Judicial Vacancy in the Twelfth Judicial District Court due to the creation of an additional Judgeship by the Legislature.

The name of the applicant:

Ellen Rattigan Jessen

The Twelfth Judicial District Court t’s Nominating Commission is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 11, 2020, will occur exclusively by Zoom. The Commission meeting is open to the public and will be able to ask questions and make comments through Zoom during the “public participation” portion of the hearing. 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: 12th Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission

Time: Jun 11, 2020 09:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 954 9859 1747

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Twelfth Judicial District Court Nominating Commission COVID-19 Meeting Announcement

May 11, 2020

In light of the pandemic and in an effort to protect the health and safety of everybody involved, Dean Sergio Pareja, Chair of the Judicial Nominating Commission, has decided that Twelfth Judicial District Court’s Nominating Commission that is scheduled to begin 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 11, 2020, will occur exclusively by Zoom.

Members of the public will be able to ask questions and make comments through Zoom during the “public participation” portion of the hearing. Although there has never been a New Mexico Judicial Nominating Commission hearing via Zoom before, Dean Pareja believes that it is the best way to proceed under the circumstances. It will protect the health and safety of everybody involved and is likely to result in broader public participation than if the hearing were to be held in person.

Commissioners, applicants, and members of the public will all use the same link to join the meeting. 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: 12th Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission

Time: Jun 11, 2020 09:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 954 9859 1747

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Revised Third Judicial District Court Applicant Announcement

May 11, 2020

Nine (9) applications were received in the Judicial Selection Office, for the Judicial Vacancy in the Third Judicial District Court due to the creation of an additional Judgeship by the Legislature.

The names of the applicants in alphabetical order:

  1. Heather Chavez
  2. Mark D’Antonio
  3. Casey Fitch
  4. Richard Jacquez
  5. Isabel Jerabek
  6. Robert Lara Jr.
  7. Jeanne H. Quintero
  8. G. Alexander Rossario
  9. Stephanie Marie Zorie

The Third Judicial District Court’s Nominating Commission is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 10, 2020, will occur exclusively by Zoom. The Commission meeting is open to the public and will be able to ask questions and make comments through Zoom during the “public participation” portion of the hearing. 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: 3rd Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission

Time: Jun 10, 2020 09:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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New Mexico Court of Appeals Nominating Commission COVID-19 Meeting Announcement

May 8, 2020

In light of the pandemic and in an effort to protect the health and safety of everybody involved, Dean Sergio Pareja, Chair of the Judicial Nominating Commission, has decided that New Mexico Court of Appeals Nominating Commission that is scheduled to begin 9:00 am, on Monday, June 29, 2020, will occur exclusively by Zoom.

Members of the public will be able to ask questions and make comments through Zoom during the “public participation” portion of the hearing. Although there has never been a New Mexico Judicial Nominating Commission hearing via Zoom before, Dean Pareja believes that it is the best way to proceed under the circumstances. It will protect the health and safety of everybody involved and is likely to result in broader public participation than if the hearing were to be held in person.

Commissioners, applicants, and members of the public will all use the same link to join the meeting. 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: NM Court of Appeals Judicial Nominating Commission

Time: Jun 29, 2020 09:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting: https://unm.zoom.us/j/97810986796

Meeting ID: 978 1098 6796

Password: 707616


Second Judicial District Court Nominating Commission COVID-19 Meeting Announcement

May 8, 2020

In light of the pandemic and in an effort to protect the health and safety of everybody involved, Dean Sergio Pareja, Chair of the Judicial Nominating Commission, has decided that the Second Judicial District Court’s Nominating Commission that is scheduled to begin 9:00 a.m. on Monday, June 1, 2020, will occur exclusively by Zoom.

Members of the public will be able to ask questions and make comments through Zoom during the “public participation” portion of the hearing. Although there has never been a New Mexico Judicial Nominating Commission hearing via Zoom before, Dean Pareja believes that it is the best way to proceed under the circumstances. It will protect the health and safety of everybody involved and is likely to result in broader public participation than if the hearing were to be held in person.

Commissioners, applicants, and members of the public will all use the same link to join the meeting. 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: 2nd Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission

Time: June 1, 2020 09:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting:  https://unm.zoom.us/j/98068227250

Meeting ID: 980 6822 7250

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First Judicial District Court Nominating Commission COVID-19 Meeting Announcement

May 7, 2020

In light of the pandemic and in an effort to protect the health and safety of everybody involved, Dean Sergio Pareja, Chair of the Judicial Nominating Commission, has decided that the First Judicial District Court’s Nominating Commission that is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, will occur exclusively by Zoom.

Members of the public will be able to ask questions and make comments through Zoom during the “public participation” portion of the hearing. Although there has never been a New Mexico Judicial Nominating Commission hearing via Zoom before, Dean Pareja believes that it is the best way to proceed under the circumstances. It will protect the health and safety of everybody involved and is likely to result in broader public participation than if the hearing were to be held in person.

Commissioners, applicants, and members of the public will all use the same link to join the meeting. 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: 1st Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission

Time: June 2, 2020, 09:00 a.m. Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting:  https://unm.zoom.us/j/98647114320

Meeting ID: 986 4711 4320

Password: 707616


New Mexico Court of Appeals Announcement of Vacancy

May 4, 2020

One vacancy on the New Mexico Court of Appeals will exist on May 30, 2020, due to the retirement of the Honorable Judge Linda M. Vanzi effective May 29, 2020. 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 the Appellate 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, http://lawschool.unm.edu/judsel/application.php, 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 21, 2020 at 5:00. 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 Appellate Court Judicial Nominating Commission will begin at 9:00 am, on Monday, June 29, 2020, to interview applicants for the position at the Supreme Court Building, 237 Don Gaspar Avenue in Santa Fe, NM.

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.

Third Judicial District Court Announcement of Vacancy

April 14, 2020

A vacancy on the Third Judicial District Court will exist in Las Cruces, New Mexico as of May 20, 2020, due to the creation of an additional Judgeship by the Legislature.  Third Judicial District Court anticipates that the new judgeship may be assigned a docket of some combination of criminal, civil and/or domestic cases. There will also be an assignment to specialty courts as deemed necessary. 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 the Judicial Nominating Commission, solicits applications for this position from lawyers who meet the statutory qualifications in Article VI, Section 14 of the New Mexico Constitution.  Applications may be obtained from the Judicial Selection website:  http://lawschool.unm.edu/judsel/application.php, or emailed to you by emailing Beverly Akin at akin@law.unm.edu.  The deadline for applications has been set for Friday, May 8, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Applications received after that date 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 Judicial Nominating Committee will meet beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 10, 2020, at the Third Judicial District Courthouse, 201 W Picacho Ave, Las Cruces, NM 88005, to evaluate the applicants for this position. The Committee meeting is open to the public.

Second Judicial District Court Announcement of Vacancy

April 7, 2020

Two vacancies on the Second Judicial District Court will exist in Albuquerque as of May 20, 2020, due to the creation of two additional Judgeships by the Legislature. The two positions will be criminal positions. 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 the Judicial Nominating Commission, solicits applications for this position from lawyers who meet the statutory qualifications in Article VI, Section 14 of the New Mexico Constitution.  Applications may be obtained from the Judicial Selection website: http://lawschool.unm.edu/judsel/application.php, or emailed to you by emailing Beverly Akin at akin@law.unm.edu.  The deadline for applications has been set for Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Applications received after that date 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 Judicial Nominating Committee will meet beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, June 1, 2020, at the Second Judicial District Courthouse located at 400 Lomas Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102, to evaluate the applicants for this position. The Committee meeting is open to the public.

Twelfth Judicial District Court Announcement of Vacancy

April 2, 2020

A vacancy on the Twelfth Judicial District Court will exist in Alamogordo, New Mexico as of May 20, 2020, due to the creation of an additional Judgeship by the Legislature. 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 the Judicial Nominating Commission, solicits applications for this position from lawyers who meet the statutory qualifications in Article VI, Section 14 of the New Mexico Constitution. Applications may be obtained from the Judicial Selection website: http://lawschool.unm.edu/judsel/application.php, or emailed to you by emailing Beverly Akin at akin@law.unm.edu. The deadline for applications has been set for Monday, May 11, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Applications received after that date 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 Judicial Nominating Committee will meet beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 11, 2020, at the Otero County District Courthouse, 1000 New York Avenue, Alamogordo, NM 88310, to evaluate the applicants for this position. The Committee meeting is open to the public.

REVISED First Judicial District Court Announcement of Vacancy

April 2, 2020

A vacancy on the First Judicial District Court will exist in Santa Fe as of May 20, 2020, due to the creation of an additional Judgeship by the Legislature. 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 the Judicial Nominating Commission, solicits applications for this position from lawyers who meet the statutory qualifications in Article VI, Section 14 of the New Mexico Constitution. Applications may be obtained from the Judicial Selection website: http://lawschool.unm.edu/judsel/application.php, or emailed to you by emailing Beverly Akin at akin@law.unm.edu. The deadline for applications has been set for 5:00 pm, Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Applications received after that date 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 Judicial Nominating Committee will meet beginning at 9:00 am, on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, at the Santa Fe County Courthouse, 225 Montezuma Ave., Santa Fe, NM, to evaluate the applicants for this position. The Committee meeting is open to the public.