Service is important to me. Over my 29 years as a lawyer, I have developed the knowledge and judgment to serve well.
I have over 22 years of experience as a criminal lawyer. For twenty of those years, I prosecuted cases in Bernalillo County. I have prosecuted drug cases, property cases, white collar crimes, racketeering cases, child abuse, and violent crimes including criminal sexual penetration and murder. I have conducted probation violation hearings, suppression hearings, and responded to writs of habeas corpus. I have instructed police cadets and officers as well as less experienced lawyers. From 2011 to 2017, I was the deputy in charge of the White Collar Crimes Division; from 2017 to 2019, I was a deputy in charge of a section of the Violent Crimes Division.
I responded to on-record and de novo appeals at the district court level from approximately 2004 to 2007. I have also filed and responded to extraordinary writs in the Supreme Court.
I have tried approximately 50 criminal jury trials.
I have responded on behalf of the State to approximately 70 on-record appeals and approximately 70 de novo appeals from Metro Court from approximately 2004-2007. In addition, I have filed or responded to 3 extrordinary writs in the Supreme Court; I have argued at the Supreme Court once.
I have the experience and the determination to do the hard job of Metro Court judge conscientiously. After spending many years watching judges and thinking carefully about what it would be like to do the work, I am anxious for the challenge. I imagine the position is both difficult and engaging. Of course, I believe I am fair, knowledgeable, and understanding. I also work to listen carefully. Listening well is not easy, but I have learned the resolution of criminal cases and legal problems often occurs through patient listening.
I like to think that my knowledge and experience would be useful, and I have a need to contribute. I have a compulsion—rarely pleasant but not to be denied–to sort out legal puzzles and get the right answer considering the facts, the law, and the people who are affected. Though I can be self-effacing, I’m not afraid to commit to what I believe is the right decision.
I’m looking for a new place to do challenging, meaningful work. I have spent most of my career serving Albuquerque, and hope to continue service as a judge.