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Panel Recommends Six For Vacant Judge’s Seat In Santa Fe


The First Judicial District Court Nominating Commission on Wednesday recommended six candidates for possible appointment to the Santa Fe judge’s seat being vacated by Barbara Vigil, who was elected to the state Supreme Court in November.

Gov. Susana Martinez will appoint Vigil’s replacement from among the nominees within the next month.

The nominees include:

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

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


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– Paul William Grace, 59, of the Hemphill & Grace law firm in Santa Fe and a veteran of law firms in Baltimore and Washington, D.C., and the Federal Home Loan Bank Board in Washington

– B. Cullen Hallmark, 54, of Garber and Hallmark firm in Santa Fe

– Joseph Edward Manges, 56, a partner at the Santa Fe firm of Comeau, Maldegen, Templeman and Indall

– Francis Joseph Mathew, 60, of Santa Fe, who has his own law firm.