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Supreme Court of New Mexico Committees, Boards and Commissions Notice of 2022 Year-End Vacancies

The Supreme Court of New Mexico is currently seeking applications to fill vacancies on committees, boards, and commissions. Our committees, boards, and commissions are integral to ensuring equity and justice for those who participate in our judicial system—members of the public and the broader legal community—by assisting the Court with the regulation of the practice and procedures within our courts. These panels have a wide range of responsibilities and functions. They regulate the practice of law, expand resources for civil legal assistance to New Mexicans living in poverty, oversee continuing legal education for lawyers, foster improved communication between tribal, federal, and state courts to improve legal services to tribal communities, administer funds to assist individuals unable to pay for legal services, and advise on long-range planning, just to name a few. Anyone who has ever served on one of the Court’s committees, boards, or commissions can attest to how challenging and rewarding this work can be.

In filling these vacancies, the Court strives to appoint non-attorneys, attorneys and judges who are able to regularly attend committee meetings and who are committed to generously volunteering their time, talent, and energy to this important work. The Court also endeavors to bring diversity, geographical and practice area balance to these committees, boards, and commissions by soliciting volunteers from throughout the state and from the various practice segments of our bar. To achieve these goals, we need volunteers representing the broad spectrum of our bench and bar who come from all corners of this great state, and are requesting that applicants voluntarily disclose demographic information to ensure the committees, boards and commissions reflect our diverse community.

If you would like to be considered to serve on a committee, board, or commission, please send your application and resume by October 14, 2022, to Elizabeth A. Garcia, Chief Clerk of Court at supeag@nmcourts.gov. The application and a complete list of vacancies on committees, boards, and commissions can be found on the Supreme Court’s website at https://supremecourt.nmcourts.gov/current-vacancies.aspx.

Read Chief Justice Bacon's Letter

2022 Year-End Vacancies


Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Announcement of Vacancy

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: 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, September 22, 2022 at 5:00 pm (MT). 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

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 candidates to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham:

Penny Elizabeth Gilbert

Emeterio L. Rudolfo


Bernalillo Country Metropolitan Court Judicial Nominating Commission Candidate Announcement

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 candidates to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham:

Shonnetta Estrada

Michael Philip Fricke

Claire Ann McDaniel

Daniel Roberson


RECONVENE - Fifth Judicial District Court Announcement of Additional Applicants

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.


 

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