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Gov. appoints 3 judges to fill district court vacancies

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has appointed three judges to fill vacancies in the 2nd Judicial District, covering Bernalillo County, and in the 1st Judicial District, covering Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Los Alamos counties.

Two of those spots were vacated when Lujan Grisham made appointments to the New Mexico Supreme Court.

Bryan Biedscheid, who earned his law degree from the University of New Mexico in 1996 and was admitted to the New Mexico bar the same year, will fill the seat in the 1st District Court left vacant by Judge David Thomson.

Thomson was appointed to the state Supreme Court in late January.

“Biedscheid has extensive experience in domestic relations and juvenile law where he is frequently appointed as guardian at litem in cases involving minors and incapacitated adults,” according to a news release from the governor’s spokeswoman, Claudia Tristán. “Biedscheid is currently a shareholder and vice-president at Sawtell, Wirth & Biedscheid, PC.”

Tristán said Biedscheid had also served on the board of Equal Access to Justice and is an active volunteer with the 1st Judicial District Alternative Dispute Resolution Program.

In the 2nd Judicial District, Lujan Grisham appointed Joshua Andrew Allison and Lisa Chavez Ortega to fill vacancies left by Judge Valerie Huling and Judge C. Shannon Bacon.

Huling recently retired and Bacon was appointed to the state Supreme Court in late January.

Allison, who earned his law degree from the UNM in 2008 and was admitted to the California bar the same year and the New Mexico bar the following year, most recently worked with Sheehan & Sheehan law firm in personal injury and products liability.

“He currently serves as a commissioner on the board of Bar Commissioners of the State of New Mexico and is a board member of the Disciplinary Board of the state Supreme Court,” Tristán said in the news release. “He clerked for former Chief Justice Edward L. Chávez.”

Chavez Ortega, a native New Mexican, graduated from the UNM in 1997 and was admitted to the New Mexico bar the same year. She has more than two decades of experience, mainly in personal injury law, and has been with Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin & Robb firm her entire professional career, Tristán said. She is now the director there.

“Chavez Ortega is a longtime member of the New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association and has previously served on the board of directors,” Tristán wrote.