Q&A: New Mexico Supreme Court Candidate Position One Shannon Bacon

  • NAME: Shannon Bacon
  • POLITICAL PARTY: Democratic
  • OCCUPATION: Justice, New Mexico Supreme Court
  • CITY OF RESIDENCE: Albuquerque
  • RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: Appointed to the New Mexico Supreme Court on Jan. 25, 2019 after being recommended by a bipartisan Judicial Nominating Commission; served as a District Court judge on the Second Judicial District Court and as the presiding civil judge; presided over thousands of cases spanning complex civil litigation, class actions, adult guardianship and conservatorship, real estate and contract disputes, election issues, domestic court cases, children’s court cases and appeals; Bernalillo County water and Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District judge; partner in private law firms, with a practice focused on complex litigation and appeals; began legal career as a law clerk for Judge Joseph Alarid at the New Mexico Court of Appeals.
  • EDUCATION: Creighton University, B.A, history; Creighton University School of Law, Juris Doctor
  • CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: keepjusticebacon.com
  • MAJOR PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: I am proud of the work I have done as a judge and justice to expand access to justice. I have served on the New Mexico Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission for more than eight years and served as the co-chair of the Second Judicial District’s pro bono committee for almost ten years. The work of these two bodies is to ensure that everyone has equal access to the courts and has legal representation. This is an important endeavor in New Mexico because most New Mexicans cannot afford legal representation. This has a significant impact on problems and issues regarding housing, employment, child custody, government benefits, debt and other important issues. Through these efforts I, along with others, have expanded opportunities for thousands of New Mexicans to have legal representation and advice.
  • MAJOR PERSONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: I am a very engaged aunt to two wonderful nephews. I think it is important for young people to have mentors in their lives and supportive families. I hope that the time I spend with my nephews helps provide this support for them like my aunts and uncles did for me.

Why are you running and what strengths would you bring to the judiciary?

I am running for the New Mexico Supreme Court because I have the judicial experience, independence and integrity to make fair and sound appellate decisions. I also have the administrative experience to move the judiciary forward in the times of COVID-19. I was a trial court judge for almost a decade. In this role I addressed thousands of cases and numerous trials and appeals. The breadth of this work, my commitment to the community, and my dedication to the judiciary has prepared me for the broad scope of work handled by the New Mexico Supreme Court.

Personal background

1. Have you or your business, if you are a business owner, ever been the subject of any state or federal tax liens?

No

2. Have you ever been involved in a personal or business bankruptcy proceeding?

No

3. 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?

No. However, when I was 18 or 19 years old I was cited for being a minor in possession of alcohol. The citation was dismissed.

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