Wednesday, December 7, 2005
Albuquerque Bar Honors Judge, Lawyer
Journal Staff Report
Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Lorenzo Garcia was named outstanding judge of 2005 by the Albuquerque Bar Association at its annual luncheon Tuesday.
Paul J. Kennedy, a trial lawyer and former New Mexico Supreme Court justice, was named outstanding lawyer.
Garcia became one of the state's youngest judges of general jurisdiction when he was appointed to the 1st Judicial District Court bench at the age of 30, in 1978. He later became its presiding judge.
He was appointed to the New Mexico Court of Appeals in 1985, and after retiring from the state bench practiced in Santa Fe with the Jones law firm until he was named U.S. magistrate in 1992.
He has served as special constitutional counsel to the city of Albuquerque and as counsel to the state House of Representatives.
Kennedy is a former attorney at the New Mexico Public Defender in Albuquerque and a former assistant federal public defender. He earned an undergraduate degree from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia and was named a recipient of the Fulbright scholarship before joining the U.S. Marine Corps in 1971. He graduated from Georgetown University School of Law in 1976.
He was in private practice in Grants before moving to Albuquerque. Kennedy served on the state Supreme Court in 2002.
The New Mexico House Rules subcommittee appointed him special prosecutor to investigate the impeachment of former Treasurer Robert Vigil. Chief Justice Richard Bosson named him this week to chair a committee revising uniform jury instructions used in criminal cases statewide.