By Associated Press - Thursday, December 13, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico Supreme Court Chief Justice Judith Nakamura is scheduled to give the keynote address Friday evening at the University of New Mexico’s fall commencement ceremony.

Nakamura was appointed to the New Mexico Supreme Court in 2015 and was selected by her fellow justices to serve as chief justice in 2017.

Before serving on the high court, she presided for more than 14 years as a Bernalillo County Metropolitan judge. She served four terms as that court’s chief judge.

She also served as a state district judge in New Mexico’s busiest judicial district before being appointed to the state Supreme Court.

Nakamura earned her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of New Mexico. She also is an avid hot air balloon pilot.

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