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Date: March 19, 2009

NEWS RELEASE   u.s. department of the interior

National Park Service

For Immediate Release                                                       Frank Torres 425-8025

RAISING THE BAR: Stories told and remembered

Presentation at CCHP

The National Park Service and Fort Union National Monument announces its’ monthly “Glimpses of the Past” presentation. The program will be held at the Citizen’s Committee for Historic Preservation/Santa Fe Trail Interpretive Center, 116 Bridge St., in Las Vegas, Thursday March 19th at 7:00 p.m.

This month’s presentation will be given by the Honorable Judge M Christina Armijo. Judge Armijo will share stories about the District of New Mexico which is one district within the federal Tenth Circuit. From New Mexico's Territorial days to Statehood, and from Statehood forward, New Mexico has seen the comings and goings of many colorful jurists who have presided over cases in Las Vegas and northern New Mexico.  

The Honorable Judge M. Christina Armijo serves as a judge on the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico. She was appointed to that position by the President after unanimous confirmation by the United States Senate. Prior to her appointment to the federal bench, she served on the New Mexico Court of Appeals from 1996 to 2001. She was the first Hispanic woman to serve on any appellate court in the State of New Mexico. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of New Mexico in 1972 and 1975, respectively.

Judge Armijo began her practice of law with a program which provided legal services to members of seven Indian pueblos in Sandoval County, New Mexico. Three years later, she started her own private practice in her hometown of Las Vegas, New Mexico. Her grandfather, Judge Luis E. Armijo, was one of the longest serving trial judges in New Mexico history, having served continuously (except for one six-year term) from 1924 until 1965. In 2007 she was appointed by Chief Justice John Roberts to serve on the national Committee on the Administration of the Federal Magistrate Judge System. She also serves as a member of the Tenth Circuit Judicial Council.

The “Glimpses of the Past” series of programs are presented to the public free of charge, in cooperation with the National Park Service and the Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation (CCHP). For more information, you may contact Fort Union National Monument at (505) 425-8025, or visit the park website at www.nps.gov/foun.


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