Following an election by her colleagues on the New Mexico Court of Appeals, Judge Jennifer Attrep is the new chief judge of the Court.   The ten membaers of the Court of Appeals selected her to a term expiring in January 2025, succeeding Judge J. Miles Hanisee, who had served as Chief Judge since October 2019.

In addition to hearing cases, the chief judge serves as the administrative authority over personnel, budgets and general operations of the Court of Appeals.

“My focus will be attaining sufficient resources and examining our court processes to reduce the time it takes to resolve appeals so the court can better serve the public,” said Chief Judge Attrep.

Chief Judge Attrep grew up in Los Alamos. She was appointed to the Court of Appeals in 2018, after serving on the First Judicial District Court. She received a bachelor’s degree in economics and government from the College of Williams & Mary and a juris doctor degree in 2006 from the University of Virginia School of Law. She served as a law clerk for Judge Richard J. Leon in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. She worked in private practice in Washington, D.C. and in Santa Fe before joining the district court.

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