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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the District of New Mexico|
|Appointed by:||George W. Bush|
|Active:||6/13/2004 - Present|
|Preceded by:||James Parker|
|Home State:||Chicago, IL|
|Undergraduate:||U. of New Mexico, 1976|
|Law School:||Georgetown Law, 1979|
Early life and education
A native of Chicago, Herrera graduated from the University of New Mexico with her bachelor's degree in 1976 and later graduated from Georgetown Law School in 1979.
Herrera started her legal career as a Prosecutor in the Santa Fe District Attorney's Office as an Assistant Prosecutor from 1979 to 1980 before spending the rest of her pre-judicial career in private practice in New Mexico from 1980 to 2004and also served as a member of the Santa Fe City Council on a part-time basis from 1981 to 1986.
District of New Mexico
Herrera was nominated by President George W. Bush on September 23, 2003, to a seat vacated by James Parker as Parker went on senior status. Herrera was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 3, 2004 on a Senate vote and received commission on June 13, 2004.
Political mailer lawsuit (2009)
*New Mexico Youth Organized, et. al v. Mary Herrera 1:2008-cv-01156
Judge Herrera on August 3, 2009, ruled in favor of two non-profit associations after the sued the state over requirements that they should register as a political action committee.
The New Mexico Youth Organized and SouthWest Organizing Project sent mailers to prospective voters as the organizations expressed criticism towards candidates in 2008.The judge ruled that the actions of the New Mexico Attorney General to require the organizations to register as a PAC subjected them to a greater burden over most non-profits.
|Federal judicial offices|
|District of New Mexico
|Magistrate judges||Lorenzo Garcia • Carmen Garza • Lourdes Martinez • Karen Molzen • Robert Scott • Alan Torgerson • William P. Lynch • Gregory Wormuth • Stephan Vidmar •|
|Former Article III judges|
|Former Chief judges|