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Barbara J. Vigil

NAME: Barbara J. Vigil

POSITION SOUGHT: New Mexico Supreme Court Justice



AGE: 53

EDUCATION: National Judicial College International Comparative Law Program, Madrid, Spain, September 2004; National Judicial College, Judicial Education Program, Reno, Nev., 2000; J.D., University of New Mexico School of Law 1985; B.B.A in Accounting/Business Administration, New Mexico State University

OCCUPATION: District judge First Judicial Court since May 2000 and chief judge, April 2011 to present; private attorney, Barbara J. Vigil, P.C., 1992 to 2000; litigation attorney, Risk Management Division-Legal Bureau, 1990 to 1992; assistant attorney general, New Mexico Office of the Attorney General, 1989 to 1990; instructor, Santa Fe Community College, 1990 to 1994; associate attorney, Weinbrenner, Richards, Paulowsky, Sandenaw & Ramirez, P.A., 1985 to 1989; law clerk, Rothstein, Bennett, Daly & Donatelli, P.A. 1985; law clerk Schlenker, Lebeck and Sommer, P.A.; Tax Research Assistant, UNM School of Law, 1983

FAMILY: No spouse; no children

POLITICAL/GOVERNMENT EXPERIENCE: District judge First Judicial Court since May 2000, chief judge since April 2011; Children’s Court judge 2000 to 2010; assistant attorney general 1989-1990; litigation Attorney, Risk Management Division 1990 to 1992; Chief Judges Council since 2011; chairperson Santa Fe Regional Juvenile Justice Board, 2000 – 2010; vice-chairperson Rio Arriba County Juvenile Justice Board 2003 to 2010; member Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Board 2004 – 2010; chairperson Disproportionate Minority Blue Ribbon Panel 2003 – 2008; member National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges 2007 – 2010; contract Guardian Ad Litem, First Judicial District Court, 1993-1998

MAJOR PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: Election as district judge and selection by my peer judges as Chief Judge overseeing administrative aspects of the court system, in addition to handlling a full docket.

MAJOR PERSONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: My work facilitating international cultural and educational exchanges through the Santa Fe Sister City Association. The implementation of symposiums and cultural exchanges on history, education and art has been important to me personally in strengthening relations between New Mexico and Spain.


Candidate questionnaire

(Maximum of 35 words per answer.)

1. What is your approach to judging?

2. How can you make the appellate courts more accessible to the public?

3. Have you ever been involved in a personal or business bankruptcy

4. Have you ever been arrested for, charged with, or convicted of
drunken driving, any misdemeanor or any felony in New Mexico or any
other state?


1. To be prepared in all cases, fair in my decision-making and be respectful of all court participants and to ensure that all New Mexicans have equal justice and access to the court system.

2. The Court of Appeals has a pro se/legal pro bono program that enables citizens without lawyers to navigate the process. I would enhance these programs so all citizens have equitable access to appellate courts.

3. No

4. No