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Governor OKs court appointees

Gov. Susana Martinez

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Gov. Susana Martinez announced her approval Friday of the two recently recommended appointees to the New Mexico Court of Appeals.

The state’s Judicial Nominating Commission selected Jennifer Attrep and Daniel Jose Gallegos Jr. as replacements for retiring Court of Appeals Judges Jonathan Sutin and Timothy Garcia.

Attrep, 40, graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1996. She worked in private practice in Santa Fe and Washington, D.C. before joining the 1st Judicial District as a judge in 2014. There she has overseen civil and criminal cases in Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Los Alamos counties.

“While I have immensely enjoyed my time as a district court judge, I believe I can better serve my community as an appellate judge – immersing myself in discrete areas of the law and crafting well-reasoned and legally-sound decisions,” Attrep wrote in her application for the position.

Gallegos, 39, graduated from St. Pius X High School in 1996, and now works as an associate staff attorney for the Court of Appeals. He served as Administrative Law Department Head for the Navy Reserve conducting joint task force war on terrorism operations at Guantanamo Bay. And he served as a crimes against children prosecutor in Bernalillo County.

“As a native New Mexican, I firmly believe that the people of New Mexico deserve a legal system that works for them and that they can trust,” Gallegos wrote in his application.

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