Court of Appeals
Chief Judge J. Miles Hanisee
Biography: J. Miles Hanisee has served as a judge on the New Mexico Court of Appeals since his appointment by Governor Susana Martinez in 2011. He was elected in 2014 and retained by statewide voters in 2018. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Judge Hanisee was raised in nearby Mandeville and in Taos, New Mexico, where his family relocated in 1986. He attended Louisiana State University, Pepperdine University School of Law, and in 1994 was sworn into the State Bar of New Mexico. That same year, Judge Hanisee began his tenures as a law clerk to Judges Oliver Seth, and then Paul Kelly, both of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. As an Assistant United States Attorney from 1996-2007, Judge Hanisee tried cases in United States District Court, briefed and argued appeals in the Tenth Circuit, and was recognized by the FBI, ATF, and Department of Veterans Affairs for his lead role in prosecutions significant to local, national, and international law enforcement. In 2007, he formed the Law Office of J. Miles Hanisee, LLC, where he represented individual and corporate clients in criminal, civil, and administrative matters in both state and federal courts.
Judge Hanisee, his wife, and their twin children reside in Albuquerque. They enjoy weekends in Taos, tennis, skiing, hiking, and just about any sporting activity in which a winner can be declared.
Clerkship Opportunities: Chief Judge Hanisee is presently accepting applications for the 2022-2023 clerkship term. Interested applicants should provide a cover letter, current resume, law school transcript, writing sample, and at least two letters of recommendation by mail to the following address:
Judge Jennifer L. Attrep
Biography: Judge Jennifer L. Attrep was appointed to the Court of Appeals in 2018. Judge Attrep was raised in Los Alamos and is a graduate of Los Alamos High School. In 1999, she received a B.A. in Economics and Government from the College of William & Mary, summa cum laude. In 2006, she received a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she served as the Managing Editor of the Virginia Law Review. Judge Attrep clerked for the Honorable Richard J. Leon in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Prior to returning home to New Mexico, Attrep practiced for several years at Williams & Connolly, LLP in Washington, D.C. on complex civil and criminal litigation. Judge Attrep then worked in private practice in Santa Fe, focusing on litigation and appellate work. In 2014, Judge Attrep was appointed to the First Judicial District Court, where she presided over a mixed docket of civil, criminal, and family law cases until joining the Court of Appeals. Prior to her legal career, Judge Attrep worked as an economic research analyst at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C. Judge Attrep lives in Santa Fe with her husband, Todd Coberly, and their daughter.
Judge Kristina Bogardus
Biography: Kristina Bogardus was elected to the New Mexico Court of Appeals in November, 2018. Judge Bogardus graduated from Miami University (Ohio) in 1977 with a degree in zoology. She received her J.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1991 (cum laude), where she served as an editor on the Natural Resources Journal. After a clerkship with Judge Pamela Minzner on the New Mexico Court of Appeals, Judge Bogardus went into private practice as a civil litigator. Judge Bogardus’s practice was primarily focused on personal injury, but also included guardianships and special master work. Judge Bogardus was appointed by the New Mexico Supreme Court to the Rules of Civil Procedure Committee and later served as the chair of that committee for four years. She currently serves as a commissioner on the New Mexico Civil Law Commission.
Judge Bogardus lives in Albuquerque with her husband. She enjoys traveling to visit with her children and grandchild, and takes advantage of New Mexico’s wonderful outdoor opportunities by hiking, bike-riding and skiing.
Judge Jacqueline R. Medina
Biography: Judge Jacqueline R. Medina was elected to the New Mexico Court of Appeals in 2018. She is the first Taos native to serve on an appellate court of this State. Judge Medina graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1987 with a degree in Political Science. She received her J.D. from the University of New Mexico in 1991, where she was a member of the Mock Trial Team and International Moot Court Team. Before joining the Court, Judge Medina served the State of New Mexico for over sixteen years as an Assistant Attorney General. During that time, Judge Medina briefed over one hundred sixty cases in the New Mexico Court of Appeals, the New Mexico Supreme Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. She also represented the Wardens of New Mexico in various administrative appeals. Early in her career Judge Medina worked as an Assistant District Attorney and Children’s Court Attorney. During that time she acquired extensive bench and jury trial experience in a wide variety of cases ranging from drunk driving to first degree murder.
Prior to joining the Court, the New Mexico Supreme Court appointed Judge Medina to serve on the Court’s Appellate Rules Committee. Judge Medina also served as a Family Advocate and member of the Family Selection Committee for Greater Albuquerque Habitat for Humanity, organized and taught continuing legal education courses, served as a mentor to law students, served as a volunteer attorney bar examination coach, and twice graded the New Mexico Bar Examination.
Judge Medina lives in Albuquerque with her husband and daughter.
Judge Megan P. Duffy
Biography: Judge Megan Duffy was elected to the New Mexico Court of Appeals in 2018. Judge Duffy graduated from the University of New Mexico with a B.A. in history and political science and earned her J.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2008, where she served as an editor on the New Mexico Law Review. After beginning her legal career as a judicial law clerk to Justice Richard C. Bosson at the New Mexico Supreme Court, Judge Duffy worked in private practice at a small civil litigation firm in Albuquerque. Her work as an attorney focused on estate, insurance, and consumer protection matters.
In addition to her legal career, Judge Duffy co-founded Albuquerque Involved, a non-profit that contributes to the community through monthly grant-giving and community service projects. She is an avid runner and enjoys rock climbing all around our beautiful state.
Clerkship Opportunities: Judge Duffy has filled her clerkship positions for the 2022 term. Judge Duffy is happy to receive applications for law student externs on an ongoing basis. The externship is an unpaid position but may qualify for law school credit. If interested, please submit a resume, letter of interest, unofficial transcript, and writing sample to her attention at the Albuquerque Court of Appeals office at 2211 Tucker Ave. NE.
Judge Zachary A. Ives
Biography: Judge Zach Ives has served on the Court of Appeals since 2019, when Governor Michelle Lujan-Grisham appointed him. Judge Ives is a fifth-generation New Mexican who graduated magna cum laude with thesis and clinical honors from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2000. After law school, Judge Ives served as a law clerk to Chief Justice Pamela B. Minzner. In seventeen years of private practice in New Mexico, Judge Ives handled a wide variety of cases in state and federal courts, including appeals, commercial, personal injury, civil rights, criminal, and adult guardianship.
These cases took Judge Ives to many different cities and towns in New Mexico and in other states. While in private practice, Judge Ives volunteered to handle many matters pro bono and served as court-appointed counsel for a large number of indigent clients. The New Mexico Supreme Court also appointed Judge Ives to serve as a member of the New Mexico Criminal Uniform Jury Instruction Committee and later as the chair of that committee, a position he held for six years.
Judge Ives lives in Albuquerque with his wife and their two children. He enjoys spending time outdoors, listening to live music, and taking photographs.
Judge Shammara H. Henderson
Biography: Judge Shammara H. Henderson was appointed to the Court of Appeals in 2020 by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. Born and raised in Albuquerque, NM, she graduated from Valley High School. She received a bachelor’s degree from American University in Washington, D.C., where she received a full ride with the highly competitive Frederick Douglass Scholarship. She received her J.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Law where she received the W.E. Bondurant Scholarship and University of New Mexico Graduate Fellowship.
After graduating from law school, Shammara clerked for Justice Charles W. Daniels at the New Mexico Supreme Court. She started her career as a litigator with the Second Judicial District Attorney’s Office. She later became the Associate General Counsel for the Office of Governor. In 2011, Judge Henderson joined the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Mexico. She successfully tried criminal and civil cases in the United States District Court and appealed criminal cases in the Tenth Circuit. She developed and presented training and outreach programs across the state for law enforcement as well as community organizations and churches. In 2017, Judge Henderson co-founded her own law firm Henderson & Grohman, PC, which joined Freedman, Boyd, Hollander, Goldberg, Urias, & Ward, PA in October of 2018 where she represented clients in criminal, civil, and administrative matters in both state and federal courts at the trial and appellate level.
Judge Henderson enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, barre and yoga, as well as community service.
Judge Jane B. Yohalem
Biography: Judge Jane Yohalem was appointed to the New Mexico Court of Appeals by Governor Michelle Lujan-Grisham on June 20, 2020. She is on the November 3, 2020, ballot as the Democratic Party candidate for Position 3 on the Court of Appeals.
Judge Yohalem graduated from Yale University and obtained her JD from Columbia University. She worked for ten years for the Mental Health Law Project (now the Bazelon Center) litigating civil rights cases for children with disabilities. After moving to New Mexico, she practiced labor, employment and civil rights law. Since 1996, she represented New Mexico clients on appeal before our Court of Appeals and Supreme Court in virtually every area of the law.
Judge Yohalem is a member of the prestigious American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. She is recognized in appellate practice in Best Lawyers in America and Superlawyers of the Southwest.
Judge Yohalem has two children, Jeffrey and Hannah. In her spare time, Judge Yohalem likes to read novels and catch up on the classic and current films.
Judge Gerald E. Baca
Biography: Judge Gerald E. Baca was appointed to the New Mexico Court of Appeals by Governor Michelle Lujan-Grisham in April 2021.
Judge Baca was born and raised in Las Vegas, New Mexico. Judge Baca received his law degree in 1987 from the University of New Mexico School of Law. He is also a graduate of New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, New Mexico from where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science (Cum Laude).
Judge Baca is married, and he and his wife have two adult children and three grandchildren.
Judge Baca’s avocation away from the Court is that of sports officiating. He is a high school sports official in Football, Soccer, Basketball, Wrestling and Baseball. He also enjoys reading, playing racquetball, and weight training.
Judge Katherine A. Wray
Biography: Judge Katherine Wray was appointed to the Court of Appeals in 2021. Judge Wray graduated from Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawai’i and later, Pennsylvania State University, with a B.F.A. in stage management. After working in professional theater for several years, Judge Wray earned her J.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Law. Judge Wray began her legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Celia Foy Castillo on the Court of Appeals and to the Honorable M. Christina Armijo on the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico.
In the years that followed, Judge Wray divided her practice between civil litigation and assisting the Second Judicial District Criminal Division as a contract staff attorney. Judge Wray’s civil practice involved appeals, civil rights, commercial matters, estates and trusts, medical malpractice, and personal injury. Judge Wray served four years on the Rules of Appellate Procedure Committee and eight years on the Code of Professional Conduct Committee, with the final year as chair.
Judge Wray lives in Albuquerque with her family.