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District Court Judges Directory

Name: Joshua A. Allison – Presiding Civil Court Judge
Division XXIII
Location: Downtown Court
TCAA: Mary Lovato
Phone: 505-841-7529

Email: albddiv23proposedtxt@nmcourts.gov
Group: Civil Court Judges

Name: Britt M. Baca-Miller
Division XX
Location: Downtown Court
TCAA: Michelle Gutierrez
Phone: 505-841-7562

Email: albddiv20proposedtxt@nmcourts.gov
Group: Criminal Court Judges

Biography: Judge Baca-Miller was appointed on February 2, 2021, to Division XX of the Second Judicial District Court. Judge Baca-Miller hears criminal matters, expungement cases, and presides over the DWI Specialty Court Program.

Name: Denise Barela-Shepherd
Division XVIII
Location: Downtown Court
TCAA: Amy Ballou
Phone: 505-841-7534

Email: albddiv18proposedtxt@nmcourts.gov
Group: Civil Court Judges

Biography: Judge Barela-Shepherd has been a District Court Judge since December 2003. She has the unique experience in presiding over both criminal and civil law cases. She currently presides over civil law cases. She previously presided over all phases of criminal law cases ranging from misdemeanor to 1st-Degree felony offenses.

Judge Barela-Shepherd has served as the Chairman of the District Court Security Committee since 2005, which develops and oversees security issues and concerns involving the Court. She was previously appointed by the NM Supreme Court to serve as a member of the Statewide Court Security Committee. Judge Barela-Shepherd is a long-time standing member of the Bench Bar Media Committee, which serves as a liason between the Judiciary and the Media.

Judge Barela-Shepherd is a native New Mexican. She received her high school diploma from Valley High School, her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from Texas Tech University, and her Juris Doctor from the University of New Mexico.

Name: Catherine Begaye – Presiding Children’s Court Judge
Division VIII
TCAA: Elisha Cooper
Phone: 505-222-4550

Email: albddiv8proposedtxt@nmcourts.gov
Group: Children’s Court Judges

Biography: Judge Catherine Begaye was appointed to the bench January 2021.

Name: Beatrice J. Brickhouse
Division IV
Location: Downtown Court
TCAA: Bobbi Jo Walker
Phone: 505-841-7517

Email: albddiv4proposedtxt@nmcourts.gov
Group: Civil Court Judges

Name: Benjamin Chavez
Division XIX
Location: Downtown Court
TCAA: Jeanneth Nelson
Phone: 505-841-7537

Email: albddiv19proposedtxt@nmcourts.gov
Group: Civil Court Judges

Biography: Judge Benjamin Chavez graduated form the University of New Mexico of Law in 1996 and served as a Judge of the Metropolitan Court from 2004 through 2012. He joined the Second Judicial District Court in 2012 where he served as a member of the Criminal Division through December 2018. He now serves as a member of the Civil Division.

Name: Amber Chavez Baker
Division XXII
Location: Downtown Court
TCAA: Kimberly Fenstermacher
Phone: 505-841-6778

Email: albddiv22proposedtxt@nmcourts.gov
Group: Family Court Judges

Name: Lisa Chavez Ortega
Division XIII
Location: Downtown Court
TCAA: Mychele Romero
Phone: 505-841-7494

Email: albddiv13proposedtxt@nmcourts.gov
Group: Civil Court Judges

Biography: Judge Lisa Ortega graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1997 and enjoyed a civil litigation practice for more than twenty years before taking the bench. Her law practice focused on personal injury and wrongful death claims throughout the state including those involving product liability, premises liability, and general negligence.

On March 15, 2019, she was appointed to Division XIII of the Second Judicial District Court by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. Judge Ortega serves in the Civil Division.

Name: Bruce Fox
Division X
Location: Downtown Court
TCAA: Ramona Devine
Phone: 505-841-7512

Email: albddiv10proposedtxt@nmcourts.gov
Group: Criminal Court Judges

Biography: Judge Fox was appointed February 8, 2021, to Division X of the Second Judicial District Court. Judge Fox hears criminal matters, expungement cases, and presides over the Mental Health Court Program. Prior to being appointed to the Second Judicial District Court he was Chief Judge for the Pueblo of Laguna. Judge Fox also serves on the NM Supreme Court Commission on Mental Health and Competency.

Name: Nancy J. Franchini
Division V
Location: Downtown Court
TCAA: Thomas Wilson
Phone: 505-841-7522

Email: albddiv5proposedtxt@nmcourts.gov
Group: Civil Court Judges

Name: Gerard Lavelle
Division XI
Location: Downtown Court
TCAA: Julio Estrada
Phone: 505-841-7574

Email: albddiv11proposedtxt@nmcourts.gov
Group: Family Court Judges

Biography: Prior to being appointed to the Family Court bench in January 2009, Judge Lavelle practiced Family Law for 28 years. Judge Lavelle has presented at Continuing Legal Education seminars on Family Law issues locally and nationally. Judge Lavelle has served for many years as a judge at Mock Trials for both high school and middle school students.

Name: Cindy Leos
Division IX
Location: Downtown Court
TCAA: Nicole Jaramillo
Phone: 505-841-7480

Email: albddiv9proposedtxt@nmcourts.gov
Group: Criminal Court Judges

Biography: Judge Leos was elected November 8, 2016 to Division 9 of the Second Judicial District Court. In 2017 Judge Leos helped to create and currently presides over the Young Adult Court Program.

Name: Jane Levy – Presiding Family Court Judge
Division XXV
Location: Downtown Court
TCAA: Amber Johnson
Phone: 505-222-4566

Email: albddiv25proposedtxt@nmcourts.gov
Group: Family Court Judges

Name: Victor Lopez
Division XXVII
Location: Downtown Court
TCAA: Rachel Kelly
Phone: 505-841-7454

Email: albddiv27proposedtxt@nmcourts.gov
Group: Civil Court Judges

Biography: Judge Lopez was first sworn-in as a District Court Judge in December 2014. He has been licensed to practice for over 31 years. In his practice, he was responsible for a wide variety of civil and administrative law cases. He served as a Workers’ Compensation Judge for six (6) years, as a disciplinary board hearing officer, and recently as a DWI hearing officer. Judge Lopez currently seeks to administer justice fairly and promptly in a wide variety of civil cases for the Second Judicial District Court.

Name: Brett R. Loveless – Presiding Criminal Court Judge
Division III
Location: Downtown Court
TCAA: Melissa Trujillo
Phone: 505-841-7499

Email: albddiv3proposedtxt@nmcourts.gov
Group: Criminal Court Judges

Name: Elaine P. Lujan
Division XII
Location: Downtown Court
TCAA: Charlene Montoya
Phone: 505-841-7434

Email: albddiv12proposedtxt@nmcourts.gov
Group: Civil Court Judges

Biography: Judge Lujan is proudly from Albuquerque’s South Valley where her family owned and operated a small family-run business. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and her Juris Doctorate from the University of New Mexico School of Law. Judge Lujan was appointed to the civil bench in 2021. Prior to her appointment, she served as a Law Clerk to Justice Edward L. Chávez at the New Mexico Supreme Court, as an Assistant Attorney General in Civil Affairs at the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office, and as a Civil Staff Attorney at the Second Judicial District Court.

Name: Joseph Montano
Division XXVI
Location: Downtown Court
TCAA: Jeff Gulley
Phone: 505-222-4570

Email: albddiv26proposedtxt@nmcourts.gov
Group: Criminal Court Judges

Biography: Judge Montano was appointed on February 2, 2021, to Division XXVI of the Second Judicial District Court. Judge Montano hears criminal matters, competency matters, and presides over the Young Adult Court Program. 

Name: Clara Moran
Division XXVIII
Location: Downtown Court
TCAA: Alec Struck
Phone: 505-841-7418

Email: albddiv28proposedtxt@nmcourts.gov
Group: Criminal Court Judges

Name: David Murphy
Division XXX
Location: Downtown Court
TCAA: Andrea Woodward
Phone: 505-841-5486

Email: albddiv30proposedtxt@nmcourts.gov
Group: Criminal Court Judges

Name: Erin B. O’Connell
Division XVII
Location: Downtown Court
TCAA: Heather Garcia
Phone: 505-841-7531

Email: albddiv17proposedtxt@nmcourts.gov
Group: Civil Court Judges

Biography: Judge O’Connell was appointed to the civil bench in February 2019. She is Co-Chair of the Second Judicial District Court Pro Bono Committee, and is Co-Chair of the New Mexico Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission. Judge O’Connell is committed to facilitating and expanding access to civil legal services to New Mexicans in need across Bernalillo County and the State.

Judge O’Connell graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law. She was a law clerk for two years for Justice Charles W. Daniels of the New Mexico Supreme Court. Following her clerkship, and until appointed to the bench, she was in private practice as a trial and appellate lawyer. Judge O’Connell is an active supporter of the Second Judicial District Court’s judicial clerkship program, which affords law students the opportunity to serve as a law clerk with Judge O’Connell and to experience working with all divisions of the Court.

Name: William Parnall
Division I
TCAA: Julie Parras

Email: albddiv1proposedtxt@nmcourts.gov
Group: Children’s Court Judges

Biography: Judge Parnall was appointed to the Children’s Court Division of the Court in November of 2007 after a 30-year practice as a trial attorney in Criminal and Juvenile Defense and Personal Injury. He was appointed by the New Mexico Supreme Court as Co-Chair of the New Mexico Tribal/State Judicial Consortium and still serves on that committee. The purpose of the Consortium is to foster strong relationships between Tribal and State judges throughout New Mexico. Judge Parnall recently created a Family Reunification Drug Court in the Second Judicial District which provides extra support for families torn apart by drug and alcohol addiction. The goal of the program is to accomplish early reunification when in the best interest of children in order to avoid the trauma of separation from their families in prolonged foster placement.

Name: Daniel E. Ramczyk
Division VI
Location: Downtown Court
TCAA: Audra Vigil
Phone: 505-841-7484

Email: albddiv6proposedtxt@nmcourts.gov
Group: Civil Court Judges

Biography: Judge Daniel E. Ramczyk practiced law for twenty years, both in the private and government sectors. He was appointed to the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court in 2003 and handled both criminal and civil dockets. He served on several of the specialty courts and was appointed the first Chairperson of the Metropolitan Court Rules Committee in 2006 and served until 2012.

He resigned from Metropolitan Court when he was appointed to the Second Judicial District Court in February 2019, Criminal Division.

Judge Ramczyk graduated from the UNM School of Law in 1983 and was admitted to the New Mexico State Bar later that year.

Name: Debra Ramirez
Division XXIV
Location: Downtown Court
TCAA: Maria Guerrero
Phone: 505-841-7476

Email: albddiv24proposedtxt@nmcourts.gov
Group: Family Court Judges

Name: Alma C. Roberson
Division VII
TCAA: Natasha Gonzales
Phone: 505-841-7311

Email: albddiv7proposedtxt@nmcourts.gov
Group: Children’s Court Judges

Biography: Judge Alma Cristina Roberson was born in the border town of El Paso, Texas to immigrant parents from Mexico.  She moved to Albuquerque in 2009 to attend the University of New Mexico School of Law.  She graduated in 2012 and started soon after as an attorney in the Metro Division of the Law Offices of the Public Defender.  In 2015, she moved to the Juvenile Division of LOPD where she found her true passion, working with children and their families.

As part of her advocacy, Judge Roberson served as a board member for Bernalillo County’s Reducing Racism and Ethnic Disparities Committee for two years.  Currently, Judge Roberson serves on the Juvenile Drug Treatment Court National Project Advisory Board for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

Name: Emeterio L. Rudolfo
Division XXI
Location: Downtown Court
TCAA: Darian Sanchez
Phone: 505-841-6748

Email: albddiv21proposedtxt@nmcourts.gov
Group: Criminal Court Judges

Name: Lucy Solimon
Division XXIX
Location: Downtown Court
TCAA: Colleen Lukas
Phone: 505-841-7430

Email: albddiv29proposedtxt@nmcourts.gov
Group: Criminal Court Judges

Biography: Judge Solimon was appointed on July 27, 2020, to Division XXIX of the Second Judicial District Court. Judge Solimon hears criminal matters and presides over the Mental Health Court Program. She also serves on the Committee for Diversity in the Legal Profession.

Name: Marie Ward – Chief Judge
Division XIV
TCAA: Matthew MacEachen
Phone: 505-841-7392

Email: albddiv14proposedtxt@nmcourts.gov
Group: Children’s Court Judges

Name: Courtney B. Weaks
Division XV
Location: Downtown Court
TCAA: Grizell Moreno-Leon
Phone: 505-841-7474

Email: albddiv15proposedtxt@nmcourts.gov
Group: Criminal Court Judges

Biography: Judge Weaks was appointed January 24, 2020, to Division XV of the Second Judicial District Court. Judge Weaks hears criminal matters and presides over the Veteran’s Specialty Court Program. Prior to being appointed to the Second Judicial District Court, Judge Weaks was a Metropolitan Court Judge where she served as the Presiding Judge of Metropolitan Court’s Specialty Court Program, the Behavioral Health Court Program, and the Early Intervention Program.

Name: Jennifer J. Wernersbach
Division XVI
Location: Downtown Court
TCAA: Katrina Spencer
Phone: 505-841-7515

Email: albddiv16proposedtxt@nmcourts.gov
Group: Criminal Court Judges

Name: Stan Whitaker
Division II
Location: Downtown Court
TCAA: Sonja Clevenger
Phone: 505-841-7521

Email: albddiv2proposedtxt@nmcourts.gov
Group: Criminal Court Judges

Biography: Judge Whitaker was appointed July 6, 2006, to Division II of the Second Judicial District Court. Judge Whitaker is the senior judge in the Criminal Division. He hears criminal matters and competency matters. Judge Whitaker served as Chief Judge of the Second Judicial District Court from 2018-2021.