Judges of the Second Judicial District Court convened in a special session Friday (February 3, 2017) for the formal investiture of their newest colleague, District Judge Jane C. Levy. Judge Jane Levy became the 109th judge appointed to the Second Judicial District Court.
Held at the Bernalillo County Courthouse in Albuquerque, the investiture ceremony drew a full crowd that included Judge Levy’s family, friends, and many colleagues. New Mexico Court of Appeals Judge Michael Vigil administered the oath of office to Judge Levy. Speakers included Second Judicial District Court (SJDC) Chief Judge Nan Nash; Robert Levy, Judge Levy’s father and an attorney who has practiced law before the Court; retired Second Judicial District Judge Susan Conway, Judge Levy’s mother, who served on the bench for eighteen years; and Judge Deborah Davis Walker, SJDC Presiding Judge of Family Court.
"We are honored to have Judge Levy join the bench; she possesses many of the important attributes of an excellent judge: intelligence, character, and humor, and provides hope for the future," said Chief Judge Nan Nash.
Judge Levy is the first female judge to be robed by her mother, Judge Susan Conway (retired), who served as the 45 th judge of the Second Judicial District Court. At the time Judge Conway joined the SJDC bench in 1985, there were two women on the Court’s bench. Today, the majority of SJDC judges are women. “Judge Levy is committed to family court and helping the children and parents of New Mexico,” said Presiding Judge Deborah Davis Walker of the SJDC Family Court.
Judge Levy’s parents beamed with pride in speaking of her accomplishments. “Jane will do a spectacular job as a judge in SJDC family court given her fairness, compassion, and her understanding the needs of children,” said Honorable Susan Conway. Robert Levy is honored that his daughter has joined the bench and is confident that she will leave her own indelible mark on the bench. “She will keep her feet on the ground as she follows in her mother’s footsteps,” said Robert Levy.
Judge Levy thanked the Governor, the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, and her fellow judges remarking that she was thrilled to be part of the judiciary. Judge Levy concluded her remarks by thanking her parents, her husband, Scott, and the couple’s two children, Oliver and Sydney, for their support.
Judge Levy will begin her first term on the Second Judicial District Court. Judge Levy has practiced law for more than ten years, with a focus on advocating for New Mexico families. In addition to her legal experience, Judge Levy has spent time volunteering for organizations that help domestic abuse victims and the homeless. Judge Levy holds a Juris Doctorate from Lewis and Clark Law School, a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling in Portland, Oregon, and a Bachelor’s Degree from Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin.