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Honorable Matthew Reynolds

Name: The Honorable Matthew Reynolds – Chief Judge

Division: Division II Judge

Background: In July 1977 the Legislature added a second Judgeship to the Seventh Judicial District, creating Division II. From 1977 until 2005, three individuals served as Division II judge. The Honorable Matthew G. Reynolds was appointed to the bench in August 2005 and is the Division II judge.

Judge Reynolds’ primary office is in Sierra County.

Experience & Education: Judge Reynolds was appointed in 2005 and elected in 2006. He serves as the Water Law Judge, Drug Court Judge, and presides over civil and criminal cases. He was in private practice for 13 years in New Mexico and served as an assistant district attorney and worked as an associate in Alaska for six years. He received his undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Notre Dame, and his law degree from the University of Wyoming School of Law in 1986.

Honorable Mercedes C. Murphy

Name: The Honorable Mercedes C. Murphy

Division: Division I Judge

Background: In 1909, legislation created the Seventh Judicial District with one Judgeship, later labeled Division I. From 1909 until 1973, seven different individuals served as Division I judge. The Honorable Mercedes C. Murphy was appointed to the bench in September 2014. She is the first female Judge in the Seventh Judicial District.

Judge Murphy’s primary office is in Socorro County.

Experience & Education: Judge Murphy was appointed District Court Judge in September 2014. Before serving the Seventh Judicial District as the judge in Division I, Judge Murphy worked in the District Attorney’s Office from August, 2002 to September, 2014, and was assigned primarily to the Sierra County office. She graduated from Socorro High School. She received a degree in political science and criminology from the University of New Mexico. She then attended law school at Oklahoma City University, where she received a Juris Doctor in 2002.

Honorable Shannon Murdock

Name: The Honorable Shannon Murdock

Division: Division III Judge

Background: In 1996, the Legislature established a third Judgeship in the Seventh Judicial District as Division III. From 1996 until late 2000, the Honorable Neil Mertz served as Division III judge. The Honorable Kevin Sweazea was appointed to the bench in March 2001. In June 2017 Governor Martinez appointed Judge Murdock.

Judge Murdock’s primary office is in Torrance County.

Experience & Education: Judge Murdock was appointed in 2017. Prior to being appointed Judge Murdock has worked for the Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office, the New Mexico State Livestock Board, The New Mexico Attorney General’s Office, as well as the 7th Judicial District Attorney’s Office as a Deputy District Attorney. Judge Murdock received undergraduate degrees in economics and political science from UNM. She graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2003.