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Supreme Court justice retiring

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Richard Bosson, whom many in the legal community call a “pillar,” is planning to retire at the end of October.

BOSSON: Time for "younger blood"

BOSSON: Time for “younger blood”

Bosson, 71, has been practicing law in New Mexico for 45 years, the last 13 of them on the Supreme Court.

“After 21 years on the appellate courts, it’s time to leave and allow younger blood into the judiciary. I have enjoyed my tenure immensely and feel very humbled by the opportunity to have served the citizens of New Mexico,” Bosson said in a statement Thursday.

Bosson started his law career in New Mexico in 1970, joining the Legal Aid Society of Albuquerque and helping to found the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund in Albuquerque.

In the late 1970s, he joined the Attorney General’s Office in the Consumer Protection Division and served as director of the Civil Division.

He later went into private practice in Santa Fe while working for government and private industry groups, including the city of Santa Fe, the New Mexico Constitution Revision Commission and the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association.

Once Bosson officially submits his retirement, the process to replace him will begin.

“He’s one of the senior justices, so that’s always a tough spot to have vacated because they take with them such institutional knowledge,” said Joe Conte, executive director of the State Bar of New Mexico.

Conte said Bosson has been instrumental in two recent initiatives, a client protection fund for victims of unethical lawyers and a mentorship program for new lawyers, that will contribute to his legal legacy.

“He’s just a pillar. He’s the epitome of professionalism and civility,” Conte said.