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.


Tenth Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission

February 28, 2024

I – Chair

Camille Carey
UNM School of Law
MSC11 6070
Albuquerque, NM

D Chief Justice Shannon Bacon

Justice Michael Vigil
New Mexico Supreme Court PO Box 2268
Santa Fe, NM

D- Chief Judge Jennifer Attrep

Judges Zack Ives
NM Court of Appeals
P. O. Box 2008

R - Chief Judge Donna Mowrer

Chief Judge Donna Mowrer
Ninth Judicial District Court
109 West First Street, Suite 202
Portales, NM 88130

R- Governor Lujan Grisha

Justin Garcia
PO Box 1223
Tucumcari NM

D - Speaker Martinez

Rafael “Ralf” Moya
is 419 S Second
Tucumcari, NM

D - Speaker Martinez

Roger A. Bargas
PO Box 1433
Tucumcari, NM 88401-1433

D - President Pro Tem Stewart

Warren Frost
PO Box 641
Logan, NM

R – President Pro Tem Stewart

Janie Hoffman
108 West Center Street
Tucumcari, NM

R – State Bar and Judges

Heidi Adams
10th Judicial District Attorney's Office
P.O. Box 1141
Tucumcari NM 88401

Republicans - 4

Democrats - 5

Independents - 1


Eleventh Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission Announcement of Vacancies

February 23, 2024

Two vacancies will occur in the Eleventh Judicial District Court, due to the retirement of the Honorable Judge Louis E. DePauli, Jr. effective April 1, 2024 in Gallup, New Mexico and the retirement of the Honorable Judge Karen L. Townsend, effective March 31, 2024, in Aztec, New Mexico. One vacancy is at the McKinley County-Gallup District Court in Gallup, New Mexico. The other vacancy is at the San Juan County-Aztec/Farmington District Court in Aztec, New Mexico. Inquiries regarding the details or assignment of this judicial vacancies should be directed to the Administrator of the Court. Applicants seeking information about election or retention if appointed should contact the Bureau of Elections in the Office of the Secretary of State.

Camille Carey, Chair of the Eleventh Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission, invites applications for these positions 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: 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 Thursday, March 7, 2024, at 5:00 pm. Applications received after that time will not be considered.

The Eleventh Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission will convene at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 21, 2024, to interview applicants for both positions at the Eleventh Judicial District Court, located at the McKinley County-Gallup District Court, 207 W Hill Ave #100, Gallup, NM. 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.


First Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission Candidate Announcement

February 22, 2024

The First Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission convened at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 22, 2024, at the First Judicial District Court, located at 225 Montezuma Ave, Santa Fe, NM, and completed its evaluation of the four applicants to fill the vacancy on the First Judicial District Court due to the retirement of the Honorable Judge Sylvia LaMar, effective January 31, 2024.

The Judicial Nominating Commission recommends the following applicants to Governor Michell Lujan Grisham:

Elizabeth Allen

Jose Puentes

Denise Thomas


NEW TIME Tenth Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission

February 21, 2024

The Tenth Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission will convene at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 28, 2024, to interview applicants at the Tenth Judicial District Court located at 300 S. 3rd Street, Tucumcari, NM 88401. 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.


Tenth Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission Announcement of Applicants

February 16, 2024

Three (3) applications have been received in the Judicial Selection Office as of 5:00 p.m., Thursday, February 15, 2024, for the vacancy on the Tenth Judicial District Court due to the retirement of the Albert J. Mitchell, Jr., effective February 2, 2024.

The Tenth Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission will convene at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 28, 2024, to interview applicants at the Tenth Judicial District Court located at 300 S. 3rd Street, Tucumcari, NM 88401. 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.

The names of the applicants in alphabetical order:

Nancy English

Timothy L. Rose

Kevin John Sanders


Second Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission Candidate Announcement

February 12, 2024

The Second Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission convene at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, February 12, 2024, at the New Mexico State Bar located at 5121 Masthead St NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109, and completed its evaluation of the four applicants to fill the vacancy on the Second Judicial District Court due to the retirement of the Honorable Judge Benjamin Chavez, effective January 20, 2024. 

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

The Nominating Commission recommends the following applicants:

Rosemary Cosgrove-Aguilar

Diana Garcia

Andrea Gunderson


REVISED Tenth Judicial District Court Announcement of Vacancy

Monday, February 12, 2024

A vacancy on the Tenth Judicial District Court will exist February 3, 2024, due to the retirement of the Honorable Judge Albert J. Mitchell, Jr., effective February 2, 2024. Inquiries regarding the details or assignment of this judicial vacancy should be directed to the Administrator of the Court. Applicants seeking information about election or retention if appointed should contact the Bureau of Elections in the Office of the Secretary of State.

Camille Carey, Chair of the Tenth Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission, invites 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, or emailed to you by contacting the Judicial Selection Office at akin@law.unm.edu. The deadline for applications has been set for Thursday, February 15, 2024, at 5:00 pm. Applications received after that time will not be considered.

The Tenth Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission will convene at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 28, 2024, to interview applicants at the Tenth Judicial District Court located at 300 S. 3rd Street, Tucumcari, NM 88401. 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.


Tenth Judicial District Court Announcement of Vacancy

February 7, 2024

A vacancy on the Tenth Judicial District Court will exist February 3, 2024, due to the retirement of the Honorable Judge Albert J. Mitchell, Jr., effective February 2, 2024. Inquiries regarding the details or assignment of this judicial vacancy should be directed to the Administrator of the Court. Applicants seeking information about election or retention if appointed should contact the Bureau of Elections in the Office of the Secretary of State.

Camille Carey, Chair of the Tenth 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 Thursday, February 15, 2024, at 5:00 pm. Applications received after that time will not be considered.

The Tenth Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission will convene at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 28, 2024, to interview applicants at the Tenth Judicial District Court located at 300 S. 3rd Street, Tucumcari, NM 88401. 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.


NEW TIME Second Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission

February 7, 2024

The Second Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission will convene at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, February 12, 2024, to interview applicants at the New Mexico State Bar located at 5121 Masthead St NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109. 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.


Notice of Cancellation Proposed Changes to The Rules Governing First Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission Judicial Nominating Commissions

February 7th, 2024

The Subcommittee on Judicial Nominations of the New Mexico Supreme Court’s Equity and Justice Commission proposed changes to the Rules Governing New Mexico Judicial Nominating. These proposed changes were discussed by the following entities:

  • Appellate Nominating Commission, 
  • Bernalillo Metropolitan Court Nominating Commission,
  • Second Judicial District Court Nominating Commission,
  • Third Judicial District Court Nominating Commission,
  • Eighth Judicial District Court Nominating Commission,
  • Ninth Judicial District Court Nominating Commission,
  • Eleventh Judicial District Court Nominating Commission,
  • Twelfth Judicial District Court Nominating Commission, and
  • Thirteenth Judicial District Court Nominating Commission

Each of these bodies subsequently voted unanimously to approve the proposed changes.

With a majority of entities voting to approve, the proposed changes are approved. No additional vote will occur at the First Judicial District Court Nominating Commission meeting on Thursday, February 22, 2024.


First Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission Announcement of Applicants

Four (4) applications have been received in the Judicial Selection Office as of 5:00 p.m., Thursday, February 1, 2024, , for the vacancy on the First Judicial District Court due to the retirement of the Honorable Judge Sylvia LaMar, effective January 31, 2024.

The First Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission will convene at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 22, 2024, to interview applicants for the position at the First Judicial District Court, located at 225 Montezuma Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501. 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.

The names of the applicants in alphabetical order:

  • Elizabeth Allen
  • Marcos D. Martinez
  • Jose Puentes
  • Denise Thomas

Second Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission Announcement of Applicants

Four (4) applications have been received in the Judicial Selection Office as of 5:00 p.m., Monday, January 29, 2024, for the vacancy on the Second Judicial District Court due to the retirement of the Honorable Judge Benjamin Chavez, effective January 20, 2024.

The Second Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission will convene at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, February 12, 2024, to interview applicants at the New Mexico State Bar located at 5121 Masthead St NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109. 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.

The names of the applicants in alphabetical order:

  • Kevin J. Banville
  • Rosemary Cosgrove-Aguilar
  • Diana Garcia
  • Andrea Gunderson

Third Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission Candidate Announcement

The Third Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission convened on Friday, January 12, 2024 at 11:00 am at the Third Judicial District Court, located at 201 W. Picacho Ave., Las Cruces, NM 88005, and completed its evaluation of the four applicants to fill the vacancy on the Third Judicial District Court due to the resignation of the Honorable Judge Mark Standridge, effective noon on December 15, 2023.

The Commission recommends the following candidates to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham: The names of the applicants in alphabetical order:

  • Rebecca Duffin
  • Isabel Jerabek
  • Jeanne Quintero

Second Judicial District Court Announcement of Vacancy

January 8, 2024

A vacancy on the Second Judicial District Court will exist January 21, 2024, due to the retirement of the Honorable Judge Benjamin Chavez, effective January 20, 2024. Inquiries regarding the details or assignment of this judicial vacancy should be directed to the Administrator of the Court. Applicants seeking information about 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: 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 Monday, January 29, 2024, at 5:00 pm. Applications received after that time will not be considered. The Second Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission will convene at 9:30 a.m. on Monday February 12, 2024, to interview applicants at the New Mexico State Bar located at 5121 Masthead St NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109. 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.


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

January 3, 2024

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 First Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission.

The Commission meeting is open to the public beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 22, 2024, at the First Judicial District Court, located at 225 Montezuma Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501. Please email Beverly Akin if you would like to request a copy of the proposed changes.


First Judicial District Court Announcement of Vacancy

January 3, 2024

A vacancy on the First Judicial District Court will exist February 1, 2024, due to the retirement of the Honorable Judge Sylvia LaMar, effective January 31, 2024. Inquiries regarding the details or assignment of this judicial vacancy should be directed to the Administrator of the Court. Applicants seeking information about election or retention if appointed should contact the Bureau of Elections in the Office of the Secretary of State.

Camille Carey, Chair of the First 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 Thursday, February 1, 2024, at 5:00 pm. Applications received after that time will not be considered.

The First Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission will convene at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 22, 2024, to interview applicants for the position at the First Judicial District Court, located at 225 Montezuma Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501, 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.


Third Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission Announcement of Applicants

December 20, 2023

Four (4) applications have been received in the Judicial Selection Office as of 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 20, 2023, for the vacancy on the Third Judicial District, due to the resignation of the Honorable Judge Mark Standridge, effective noon on December 15, 2023.

The Third Judicial Nominating Commission will convene at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 12, 2024, to interview applicants for the position at the Third Judicial District Court, located at 201 W. Picacho Ave, Las Cruces, New Mexico, to evaluate the applicants for this position. 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:

  • Phyl Bean
  • Rebecca Duffin
  • Isabel Jerabek
  • Jeanne Quintero

Third Judicial District Court Announcement of Vacancy

December 6, 2023

A vacancy on the Third Judicial District Court will exist as December 16, 2023, due to the resignation of the Honorable Judge Mark Standridge, effective noon on December 15, 2023. Inquiries regarding the details or assignment of this judicial vacancy should be directed to the Administrator of the Court. Applicants seeking information about election or retention if appointed should contact the Bureau of Elections in the Office of the Secretary of State.

Camille Carey, 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 at akin@law.unm.edu. The deadline for applications has been set for Wednesday, December 20, 2023, 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 9:30 a.m. on Friday, January 12, 2024, to interview applicants for the position at the Third Judicial District Court, located at 201 W. Picacho Ave, Las Cruces, New Mexico, 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.


Eighth Judicial District Court – Raton, New Mexico Judicial Nominating Commission Candidate Announcement

July 19, 2023

The Eighth Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission convened on Tuesday, July 18, 2023, at the Eighth Judicial District Court located at 105 Albright St., Taos, New Mexico to interview applicants for the position in the Eighth Judicial District Court in Raton, NM due to the retirement of the Honorable Judge Melissa Kennelly, effective June 30, 2023.

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

The names of the applicants in alphabetical order:

Ben Andrew Mondragon

Elizabeth A. Musselman

Steven Anthony Romero