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Three Tapped for District Bench

SANTA FE, N.M. — Three people were recommended Thursday to Gov. Susana Martinez to replace retiring state District Judge Michael Vigil in Santa Fe.

They are Sylvia LaMar, Joseph Manges and David Thomson, who were chosen from seven candidates by the District Judicial Nominating Commission. Now Martinez will have up to one month to make a selection, according to the commission’s acting dean, Leo Romero.

Romero said the new judge would handle family cases, but also be responsible for others as needed.

Therefore, Romero said, the judge would need to be competent in his or her field, but also a “quick study” in other areas.


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LaMar, 56, practices domestic relations and personal injury law at her own legal practice in Santa Fe. She has been an attorney or an associate attorney since 1983, according to her application.

Manges, 55, has been with the Comeau Maldegen Templeman & Indall firm in Santa Fe since 1983. He’s a partner and serves as lead counsel in litigated matters and supervises associates, according to his application.

Thomson, 43, is with the Thomson Law Office in Santa Fe. He served as a judge in the district in 2010, but lost an election to keep the seat, according to his application and news archives. He also worked in the state Attorney General’s office as a deputy attorney general and director of litigation from January 2002 to 2010.

Vigil, 59, retired at the end of September after serving about 18 years on the bench.