SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed a longtime civil rights attorney to serve on the New Mexico Court of Appeals.
The governor’s office announced the appointment of Stephen French on Thursday. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Cynthia Fry.
French has more than three decades of public and private-sector legal experience.
For the past 26 years, he has focused on civil rights law through his private practice. Before that, he served as an assistant district attorney in Bernalillo County and later reviewed claims against the state during his tenure as the legal bureau chief for the state Risk Management Division.
French also has served on the city of Albuquerque’s personnel board and as a member of the Rules Committee for the U.S District Court of New Mexico.