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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

First Judicial Court Judge Barbara Vigil Candidate for New Mexico Supreme Court Justice

Vigil_OfficialPhotoFollowing is a post regarding Judge Vigil a candidate for NM Supreme Court. This is a special State Central Committee Democratic election which will take place sometime in July or August. A date has not been set per the DPNM. 

Judge Barbara J. Vigil Chief Judge - First Judicial District New Mexico

Judge Barbara J. Vigil is the Chief Judge of the First Judicial District Court in New Mexico. The First Judicial District encompasses the counties of Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Los Alamos counties in northern New Mexico. Judge Vigil is respected across the state of New Mexico as being a fair, dedicated and experienced Judge. Judge Vigil is running for the position of New Mexico Supreme Court Justice, to fill the position of retiring Justice Patricio M. Serna.

Judge Vigil has served as District Court Judge for over 12 years and has presided over thousands of cases in the areas of complex civil litigation, family and domestic relations matters, child abuse and neglect cases, juvenile delinquency cases, criminal proceedings and appeals of administrative decisions.

While serving as District Court Judge, Judge Vigil also served 10 years as a Children’s Court Judge. Judge Vigil was instrumental in the creation of Juvenile Justice Boards in Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Los Alamos counties. These boards served as a vehicle for the receipt of state and federal funds for many social programs serving at-risk youth.

As a licensed lawyer for over 27 years, Judge Vigil has served on many community and legal boards and commissions, including the New Mexico Drug Court Advisory Board and the New Mexico Women’s Bar Association.

Prior to being elected to the bench, Judge Vigil owned her own law office, handling a cross spectrum of cases for individuals and institutions. As a Judge and lawyer for nearly three decades, Judge Vigil has extensive legal experience in both the public and private sectors in virtually every aspect of the law. This includes legal representation of both Plaintiffs and Defendants in state and federal courts.

Judge Vigil earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from New Mexico State University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of New Mexico School of Law. Judge Vigil was raised in Santa Fe, NM, and has resided in New Mexico her entire life.


  • University of New Mexico School of Law - Juris Doctorate, 1985
  • New Mexico State University - Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting,1981
  • Saint Catherine’s Indian School, 1977

Proven Track Record:

  • New Mexico Drug Court Advisory Board, 2003-2005
  • New Mexico Women’s Bar Association, 1993-2000
  • American Red Cross, 1992-1998
  • Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, Board Member, 2000-2007
  • Santa Fe Small Business Development, Board Member,1992-1994

June 26, 2012 at 02:47 PM in 2012 Judicial Races, Candidates & Races | Permalink


Is she running unopposed?

Posted by: Ellen Wedum | Jun 28, 2012 2:37:20 PM

No - three other Dems are applying, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican on June 18:
"The other three are Albuquerque residents: workers' compensation judge Victor S. Lopez, former U.S. attorney John Kelly and lawyer Michelle A. Hernandez. "

Posted by: Michelle Meaders | Jun 28, 2012 11:54:34 PM