Eighth Judicial District Court attorney appointed to fill judge vacancy

By John Miller
jmiller@taosnews.com
Posted 4/27/19

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham this week appointed Melissa Kennelly to the position of 8th Judicial District Court Judge, filling a seat vacated by Sarah Backus earlier this year.

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Eighth Judicial District Court attorney appointed to fill judge vacancy

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Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham this week appointed Melissa Kennelly to the position of 8th Judicial District Court Judge, filling a seat vacated by Sarah Backus earlier this year.

"It’s a great privilege to have this opportunity to serve as a judge for the people of Taos, Colfax, and Union Counties," Kennelly told The Taos News following her appointment. "I will work hard to be the best judge I can be, to constantly improve my skills, and to make legally sound and reasoned decisions that are in the best interests of our diverse communities in this corner of the state."

Kennelly, a graduate of University of New Mexico School of Law, has worked as an attorney in the 8th Judicial District Court in Taos since December 2018. She has served as a researcher for judges, a mediator for civil cases and a special projects manager.

Before she came to New Mexico, a press release from the governor's office notes,  Kennelly also served as the first female police officer in the Broadview Heights Police Department in Broadview, Ohio from 1998 to 2004. Kennelly is a current member and commissioner of the Acequia de los Molinos. She was previously a member of the New Mexico State Bar Ethics Advisory Committee. She earned her law degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2010 and was admitted to the New Mexico bar that same year.

Kennelly was one of three candidates a nominating panel recommended to the governor on March 26 for consideration.

The panel also nominated Tim Hasson, a deputy district attorney with the 8th Judicial District Attorney's Office since 2017, and Jeff Shannon, a Taos Magistrate Court Judge since 2012.

Although former Judge Backus spent her final years as judge at the courthouse complex in Taos, Kennelly will begin her tenure at the district's office in Raton.

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