New Mexico Judicial Evaluation Commission Appoints Former District Court Judge And Veteran Civil Litigator As Newest Member

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 21, 2024

SANTA FE–The New Mexico Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission (JPEC) has appointed the Honorable Alan M. Malott, a retired district court judge, as its newest member.

Judge Malott has practiced law for nearly 45 years in New Mexico. He served as a District Court Judge in the 2nd Judicial District from 2009-2018 and was honored as "Judge of the Year" in 2013 by the Albuquerque Bar Association. While on the bench, he presided over more than 1,400 active civil cases at a time. He was appointed a mediator by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe case, which had more than 400 claimants.

In his legal career, Judge Malott has focused on civil trial practice including insurance, personal injury, real estate, zoning and worker’s compensation. He currently specializes in alternative dispute resolution throughout New Mexico and was inducted into The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals in 2023. Throughout his legal career, Judge Malott has held an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubble, the top peer review rating used to recognize lawyers for their legal ability and ethical standards.

Judge Malott earned his Juris Doctor (JD) degree from the University of New Mexico and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Arizona State University.

He is a frequent lecturer for the State Bar of New Mexico and the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association and authored a weekly column, "Judge for Yourself," in the Albuquerque Journal for six years.

NMJPEC was established by the Supreme Court of New Mexico in 1997 as a volunteer, nonpartisan commission to improve the performance of New Mexico’s judges and provide useful, credible information to voters on judges standing for retention in general elections. Under state law, judges standing for retention must receive 57 percent voter approval to remain on the bench.

The New Mexico Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission is comprised of 15 individuals – seven lawyers and eight non-lawyers – who are appointed by the Supreme Court to staggered terms. Members are selected from nominations made by the Governor, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Speaker of the House, Senate President Pro Tempore, House Minority Leader, Senate Minority Leader and President of the State Bar.

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