Admitted: 1977, New Mexico; 1978, U.S. District Court, District of New Mexico and U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit; 1979, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Law School: Georgetown University, J.D.
Member: State Bar of New Mexico (Board of Directors and Chair, Criminal Law Section, 1998-1999; Criminal Justice Act Panel Committee, 1994-2001); American Bar Association (Member, Defense Function Committee, Criminal Justice Section); New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association (Criminal Defense Mentor); New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (Sustaining Member); District of Columbia Bar Association; National Hispanic Bar Association; New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Life Member, 1984); National Association for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (Member, National Legal Committee, 1985); New Mexico Equal Access to Justice.
Biography: Board Certified Criminal Trail Advocacy Specialist and Diplomate, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1986. Member, Georgetown University Gilbert & Sullivan Society. Appointed Juez Commisionado by Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico, 1977. Assistant District Attorney, Violent Felonies Division, 1977-1981. Acting Division Chief, Violent Felonies Division, 1981. Associate Attorney, Law Office of Martin J. Chavez & Lorenzo Chavez, 1981. Member, National Legal Committee, National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Law, 1985. Appointed by Chief Judge, U.S. District Court to Criminal Justice Act Panel Committee, 1994. Founding Member, National College for DUI Defense, Summer Programs at Harvard Law School, 1995. Criminal Defense Mentor, New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association Mentor Program, 1995. Selected in "Top Lawyers of Albuquerque" by Albuquerque Magazine. Selected by SuperLawyers.com in 2007 and 2008 as a Criminal Defense SuperLawyer, a White Collar Defense SuperLawyer, and a DWU/DUI Defense SuperLawyer. Who's Who in American Law, 1990. Commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, 1991. Founding Member, National College for DUI Defense Summer Programs at Harvard Law School, 1995.
Born: Silver City, New Mexico, May 2, 1953
Languages: Spanish and English