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Tribal-State Judicial Consortium

Consorcio Judicial Tribal-Estatal


The Consortium consists of 14 members, half of whom represent Tribal Courts and the other half represents State Courts at all levels. In addition, 3 alternate positions may fill in for regular members (voting authority) when one is absent. Two alternates represent Tribal Courts, and one represents State Courts.


The Tribal Court representatives are designated by the Tribal Judges, with two members coming from the Southern Pueblos, two from the Northern Pueblos, one each from the Jicarilla Apache Tribe and the Navajo Nation, and one general position. 

The State Court representatives are appointed by the New Mexico Supreme Court. There are also 2 liaison positions, one for a Supreme Court member, and one for a Federal Court or attorney, who are appointed by the Supreme Court.

All members hold 3-year terms and may be reappointed for additional terms. See below for the Order from the Supreme Court regarding these appointments and the official Tribal-State Judicial Consortium roster:

Order of Appointments

Tribal-State 2018 Roster

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Title: Judge William E. Parnall
Court: Second Judicial District Court
Address: 5100 Second Street, NW Albuquerque, NM 87107
Phone: 505-841-7602
Biography: Judge William Parnall obtained a BA, cum laude, in Spanish and Portuguese language and culture from the University of New Mexico, and further studied Spanish and Portuguese in the doctoral programs at the University of California (Santa Barbara) and UNM. He earned his JD from UNM with honors. After a career in private practice, he became an Assistant City Attorney for Albuquerque and handled misdemeanor defense cases. Subsequently, he worked in the NM Public Defender's Office on cases of adult felony and juvenile defense.

Judge Parnall was appointed to the Children's Court Division of the 2nd Judicial District Court in 2007 after 27 years as a trial lawyer in State and Federal District Courts and the Federal Court of Appeals where he handled criminal defense, children's court cases, abuse and neglect defense, and counsel for parties in domestic relations and Guardian ad Litem cases. He also taught advance criminal procedure at UNM and the CSLA Peruvian Administration of Justice Training Program. He was a member of the NM Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, as past President among other official roles, and is a member of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.
Groups: State Members

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