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Membership & Appointments
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:
Judge Renee Torres
Title: State Co-Chair
Judge Randolph M. Collins
Title: Tribal Co-Chair
Judge John F. Davis
Court: Thirteenth Judicial District Court
Biography: Judge Davis is a graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Law (1982) and is a district court judge in Sandoval County, which is part of the the Thirteenth Judicial District. He presides over all domestic matters, all abuse and neglect cases, as well as all probates and lower court appeals. He was appointed to the bench in 2006 after serving as the Court’s Special Commissioner for Domestic Violence and Domestic Relations Hearing Officer for three years.
Found within the geographic limits of the Thirteenth Judicial District is a portion of the Navajo Nation and numerous pueblos, with five pueblos located within 20 miles of the District Court in Bernalillo, New Mexico. As such, Judge Davis routinely hears cases in which ICWA and State/Tribal jurisdictional concerns are at the forefront. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of Greater Albuquerque Habitat for Humanity and a mentor with Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
Judge Alexandra C. Naranjo
Court: Rio Arriba County Magistrate Court
Judge William E. Parnall
Court: Second Judicial District Court
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.
Judge Pedro G. Rael
Court: Thirteenth Judicial District Court
Judge Frank A. Sedillo
Court: Bernalillo County Metro Court
Judge Peggy Bird
Court: Pueblo of Nambe Tribal Court
Judge T. David Eisenberg
Court: Taos Pueblo Tribal Court
Judge Bruce C. Fox
Court: Laguan Pueblo Tribal Court
Judge William Bluehouse Johnson
Title: At-Large Tribal Member
Biography: Judge William Bluehouse Johnson sits as judge at the Pueblo of Acoma and is a member of the Pueblo of Isleta with roots in Navajo, Laguna and Hopi as well. He holds a J.D. from the University of New Mexico (UNM) School of Law and is licensed to practice law with the Federal bar, 10th Circuit. His prior experience includes working as a facilitator for Domestic Violence education classes at the Pueblo of Jemez, 3 years as staff attorney with Indian Pueblo Legal Services, prosecutor with the Pueblo of Zuni and the Yavapai-Apache Nation, Associate Judge with the Pueblos of Isleta, Laguna, Acoma, Santa Ana and Cochiti.
Judge Johnson has also worked with two private Native women owned law firms, as a law school tutor with the Pre-Law Summer Institute at UNM, and with the Southwest Title Plant / BIA. He has been associated with the New Mexico Supreme Court Judicial Education and Training Advisory Committee, the New Mexico State Bar Indian Law Section, the New Mexico Indian Bar Association, the Southwest Indian Court of Appeals, the Criminal and Juvenile Delinquency Coordinating Council, and the New Mexico Children’s Justice Act Advisory Group.
Judge Kim McGinnis
Court: Pojoaque Pueblo Tribal Court
Judge Geoffrey Tager
Court: Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo Tribal Court
Biography: Judge Geoffrey Tager obtained a BA in Urban Studies from Lehigh University. After college, he managed a downtown revitalization program for Fort Dodge, Iowa and received a Main Street Iowa Achievement Award for his work in the community. He earned his JD from SUNY Buffalo, where he received the Lee Lyons Award for Continued Advocacy of Native American Legal Rights, and was also awarded a Public Interest Fellowship from NYU School of Law.
Upon graduation, Judge Tager moved to the Hopi Reservation where he helped to establish the Hopi Public Defenders Office. Over the course of the next twelve years, he also established a private practice on Hopi and later worked as a Deputy Prosecutor for the Tribe. He was part of a team that received the Coordinating Committee’s Cooperative Law Enforcement Award from the USAG for the District of Arizona. He served as the Tribal Judge for the Pueblo of Tesuque for four years and in 2009, he was appointed to serve as Chief Judge in Ohkay Owingeh. Judge Tager also serves as a community representative on the Rio Arriba County Drug Court team. He is a member of the Hopi and New Mexico bars.
Judge Mekko Miller
Court: San Ildefonso Pueblo Tribal Court
Justice Barbara J. Vigil
Court: STATE LIASON - New Mexico Supreme Court
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Court: Office of the U.S. Attorney