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Judith Herrera

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Judith Herrera
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of New Mexico
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #2
Station:   Albuquerque, NM
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   6/13/2004-Present
Preceded by:   James Parker
Personal History
Born:   1954
Hometown:   Chicago, IL
Undergraduate:   University of New Mexico, 1976
Law School:   Georgetown Law, 1979

Judith Herrera is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico. She joined the court in 2004 after being nominated by President George W. Bush. Prior to appointment, Herrera was a private practice attorney in New Mexico.[1]


Herrera graduated from the University of New Mexico with her bachelor's degree in 1976 and later graduated from Georgetown Law School in 1979.[1]

Professional career

Herrera started her legal career as a prosecutor in the Santa Fe District Attorney's Office as an Assistant Prosecutor from 1979 to 1980. The rest of her legal career was spent in private practice in New Mexico. She also served as a member of the Santa Fe City Council on a part-time basis from 1981 to 1986.[1]

Judicial career

District of New Mexico

Herrera was nominated by President George W. Bush on September 23, 2003, to a seat vacated by Judge James Parker as Parker went on senior status. Herrera was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 3, 2004, and received commission on June 13, 2004.[1]

Notable cases

Political mailer lawsuit (2009)

     United States District Court for the District of New Mexico (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.[2]

The New Mexico Youth Organized and SouthWest Organizing Project sent mailers to prospective voters as the organizations expressed criticism towards candidates in 2008.[2]

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.[2]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
James Parker
District of New Mexico
Seat #2
Succeeded by: