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Governor fills NM Court of Appeals vacancy

Zachary Ives

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Thursday she has picked Zachary A. Ives to fill a vacancy on the New Mexico Court of Appeals.

The seat came open after Justice Michael Vigil was elected to the state Supreme Court.

“I’m pleased to name an accomplished legal mind in Zachary Ives to this seat,” Lujan Grisham said in a statement. “He has broad experience, having represented clients at every level of our state and federal systems, and a demonstrated commitment to the craft of legal writing and reasoning.”

Ives has been an attorney with a number of law firms and has also been in solo practice for 17 years, practicing in state and federal courts, with extensive experience in criminal, appellate, commercial and personal injury law, according to a news release.

He also clerked under Chief Justice Pamela Minzner of the New Mexico Supreme Court and earned his law degree from the University of New Mexico in 2000. He was admitted to the New Mexico bar the same year. The governor picked Ives from the list of six candidates provided by the Judicial Nominating Commission.

The commission’s other nominees were: Martha Anne Kelley, Kerry Christopher Kiernan, Arthur William Pepin, William Daniel Slease and Jane Bloom Yohalem.

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