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14 Lawyers Apply For State Judgeship Seat

SANTA FE, N.M. — Fourteen lawyers have applied to be appointed to the state District Court judgeship in Santa Fe that is being vacated by Barbara Vigil, who was elected to the state Supreme Court in November.

The 1st Judicial District’s Judicial Nominating Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Dec. 12 at the Judge Steve Herrera Judicial Complex to interview and evaluate the applicants. The meeting is open to the public.

The applicants, in alphabetical order, are:

♦ Julie Hosford Barnes, 51, who has her own Santa Fe law office. She also has worked for the state Environment Department and as quality school development manager for the New Mexico Coalition of Charter Schools.


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♦ Donna Bevacqua-Young, 44, of Santa Fe, an assistant attorney general and traffic safety resource prosecutor with the state Attorney General’s Office.

♦ Bryan P. Biedscheid, 44, of the Sawtell, Wirth and Biedscheid law firm in Santa Fe.

♦ Sonya Carrasco-Trujillo, 37, of Santa Fe, deputy counsel for the state Department of Public Safety, a staff judge advocate for the New Mexico Army National Guard and a judge pro-tem at Santa Fe Municipal Court.

♦ Paul William Grace, 59, of the Hemphill & Grace law firm in Santa Fe. He’s also worked for law firms in Baltimore and Washington, D.C., and for the Federal Home Loan Bank Board in Washington.

♦ B. Cullen Hallmark, 54, of Garber and Hallmark firm in Santa Fe, where he has a general civil practice.

♦ Michael R. Jones, 42, of the Clark and Jones law firm in Santa Fe. He also has worked as an analyst for the state Senate, an assistant attorney general and an assistant district attorney.

♦ Joseph Edward Manges, 56, a partner at the Santa Fe firm of Comeau, Maldegen, Templeman and Indall, where he’s worked since 1983.

♦ Paul David Mannick, 65, of Santa Fe, who has his own law firm. He previously was with other law firms in Santa Fe and Albuquerque.


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♦ Francis Joseph Mathew, 60, of Santa Fe, who has his own law firm. He formerly was with the Jones, Snead, Wertheim and Wentworth firm.

♦ Monica Millaruelo Ontiveros, 51, chief hearing officer for the state Taxation and Revenue Department. She previously was senior litigation attorney for the General Services Department’s Risk Management Division.

♦ Dennis C. Quintana, 61, of Española, a solo private practice attorney and city of Española public defender. He formerly taught in Española public schools.

♦ Amy Sirignano, 43, whose application says she resides in Santa Fe and “occasionally” in Albuquerque, where she has her own law office. She has worked as a gang unit trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.

♦ Matthew Justin Wilson, 44, domestic relations hearing officer for the 1st Judicial District Court. He’s previously worked as special assistant attorney general for the state Human Services Department and as a prosecutor for the District Attorney’s Office in Alamogordo.

The commission will recommend nominees for the judgeship to Gov. Susana Martinez, who will appoint Vigil’s replacement from the names submitted to her. The commission usually trims the group of applicants down to two or three nominees for the governor to consider.