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3 Supreme Court justices, appellate judge sworn in


New members of the state Supreme Court and Court of Appeals sworn in Friday are, from left, Justice Michael E. Vigil, Judge Zachary A. Ives, Justice C. Shannon Bacon, and Justice David K. Thomson. (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The oath of office was administered separately to Supreme Court Justices Michael E. Vigil, C. Shannon Bacon and David K. Thomson and Court of Appeals Judge Zachary A. Ives, during a Friday investiture ceremony at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

The ceremony was attended by hundreds, including members of the New Mexico judiciary, lawyers, civic leaders and family and friends of those being sworn in.

In her opening remarks, New Mexico Chief Justice Judith Nakamura, called the joint Supreme Court and Court of Appeals investiture ceremony “historic.”

“Today is the first time since the court’s first three justices were sworn in, in January 1912, that we have three justices being sworn in at the same time,” she said, “And it’s only the second time in nearly two decades that Supreme Court justices and a Court of Appeals judge are sharing an investiture ceremony.”

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham picked Ives to fill the vacancy on the New Mexico Court of Appeals created with Vigil’s election in November to the state Supreme Court.

Then the governor named Bacon to fill the seat left open by the retirement of Justice Charles Daniels, and she named Thomson to the seat left open by the retirement of Justice Petra Maes.

Bacon had been a judge in the 2nd Judicial District in Bernalillo County since 2010, serving as the presiding judge for the Civil Division, as well as a water judge.

Bacon has been an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law, and is a former partner at two Albuquerque law firms.

A graduate of St. Pius X High School, she went on to receive her bachelor’s degree and her law degree from Creighton University in Omaha. She was admitted to the State Bar of New Mexico in 1997.

Thomson has been a judge in the 1st Judicial District Court, covering Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Los Alamos counties, serving since 2014. He previously worked for more than a decade in the state Attorney General’s Office, where he served as deputy attorney general and director of the litigation division.

Thomson graduated from Santa Fe High School. He received a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., and his law degree from the University of Denver. He was admitted to the State Bar of New Mexico in 1999.

Vigil served as judge and chief judge on the New Mexico Court of Appeals. He was appointed to the Court of Appeals in 2003 by then-Gov. Bill Richardson, and elected in 2004.

Previously, he was a private practice attorney and an attorney in the Pre-Hearing Division of the New Mexico Court of Appeals.

He is a graduate of Santa Fe High School and received a bachelor’s degree from the College of Santa Fe before attending the Georgetown University Law Center. He later joined the National Guard, and he was among those dispatched to the State Penitentiary riot in 1980.

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 clerked under former Chief Justice Pamela Minzner of the New Mexico Supreme Court and received his law degree from the University of New Mexico in 2000. He was admitted to the New Mexico bar the same year.

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