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 Candidate Announcement 

October 12, 2022 

The Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Judicial Nominating Commission convened on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at the New Mexico State Bar located at 5121 Masthead Street N.E., Albuquerque, New Mexico, in their conference 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 Sandra Engel effective September 30, 2022. 

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

Shonnetta Estrada 
Ignacio V. Gallegos 
Daniel Roberson 

Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Judicial Nominating Commission Announcement of Applicants

September 22, 2022

Seven applications have been received in the Judicial Selection Office as of 5:00 p.m., Thursday, September 22, 2022, for the vacancy on the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court which will exist as of October 1, 2022, due to the retirement of the Honorable Judge Sandra Engel effective September 30, 2022.

The Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Judicial Nominating Commission will meet beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 11, 2022, to interview applicants for the position at the New Mexico State Bar located at 5121 Masthead Street N.E., Albuquerque, New Mexico, 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 names of the applicants in alphabetical order:

Steven Diamond
Shonnetta Estrada
Ignacio V. Gallegos
Edmund Perea
Daniel Roberson
Carlos Scarborough
George Yu

Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Announcement of Vacancy

August 29, 2022

A vacancy on the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court (Criminal) will exist as of October 1, 2022, due to the retirement of the Honorable Judge Sandra Engle effective September 30, 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 Thursday, September 22, 2022 at 5:00 pm. Applications received after that time will not be considered.

The Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Judicial Nominating Commission will meet beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 11, 2022, to interview applicants for the position at the New Mexico State Bar located at 5121 Masthead Street N.E., Albuquerque, New Mexico, 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.

Second Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission Candidate Announcement 

August 23, 2022 

The Second Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission convened on Tuesday, August 23, 2022, at the New Mexico State Bar located at 5121 Masthead Street N.E. and completed its evaluation of the two candidates for the vacancy on the Second Judicial District Court, due to the retirement of the Honorable Judge Alisa A. Hart.  

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

Penny Elizabeth Gilbert
Emeterio L. Rudolfo

Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Judicial Nominating Commission Candidate Announcement 

August 22, 2022

The Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Judicial Nominating Commission convened on

Friday, August 19, 2022, at the Bernalillo Metropolitan Courthouse, located at 401 Lomas NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico and completed its evaluation of the ten candidates for the one vacancy on the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court due to the appointment of the Honorable Judge David Murphy to the Second Judicial District Court, effective July 22, 2022.  

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

Shonnetta Estrada
Michael Philip Fricke
Claire Ann McDaniel
Daniel Roberson

REVISED RECONVENE Fifth Judicial District Court Announcement of Additional Applicants

August 16, 2022

In response to Governor Lujan-Grisham request on August 1, 2022 for additional names to fill the vacancy on the Fifth Judicial District which exists in Carlsbad, New Mexico, due to the creation of an additional judgeship by the Legislature effective July 1, 2022, the Dean of the UNM School of Law, designated by the New Mexico Constitution to Chair the Fifth Judicial District Nominating Commission and members of this commission, solicited for additional applications for this position from lawyers who meet the statutory qualifications in Article VI, Section 14 of the New Mexico Constitution. The deadline for additional application was at 5:00 pm on Friday, August 12, 2022.

As of 5:00 pm on Friday, August 12, 2022, no additional applicants applied for the additional judgeship created by the Legislature effective July 1, 2022.

Second Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission Announcement of Applicants

August 10, 2022

Four (4)  applications have been received in the Judicial Selection Office as of 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 9, 2022, for the vacancy on the on the Second Judicial District Court as of August 1, 2022, due to the retirement of the Honorable Judge Alisa A. Hart.  

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.

 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.

The names of the applicants in alphabetical order: 

Michael Philip Fricke
Penny Elizabeth Gilbert
Mark Anthony Ramsey
Emeterio L. Rudolfo

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.

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.

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