Barbara J. Vigil was sworn in as a justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court on Friday (Dec. 7).
Judge Vigil was elected at the recent general election to fill the seat previously held by Justice Patricio M. Serna, who retired earlier this year.
Prior to her appointment on the high court, Vigil served as a judge, and then chief judge, on the First Judicial District Court. She served on the district court bench for over 12 years and has presided over 16,000 court cases in the areas of complex civil litigation, family and domestic relations, child abuse and neglect cases, juvenile delinquency cases, criminal proceedings and appeals of administrative decisions, according to a press release.
As a lawyer for over 28 years, Vigil served on numerous community and legal boards, committees and commissions, including the New Mexico Drug Court Advisory Board and the New Mexico Chief Judges Council.
Vigil earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from New Mexico State University and her law degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law. She was raised in Santa Fe, and has resided in New Mexico her entire life.
“Justice Patricio Serna has honorably served New Mexico as a Justice on the New Mexico Supreme Court for 16 years,” said Vigil in a prepared statement. “I hope to continue his legacy of admirable leadership by serving all New Mexicans with integrity and fairness.”