Judge Ortiz was appointed by Governor Richardson in November 2005. He was elected in 2006 and retained in 2008 and 2014. From 2005 to 2010 he was a family court judge. He moved to the civil docket in 2010 and has been there since. He has been the Chief Judge since 2012.
Before law school, Judge Ortiz spent a year as a social worker in Costa Rica. He was the President of the NM Hispanic Bar Association from 1989 to 1990. He has served as a board member for various children related organizations.
Judge Ortiz received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame in English Language and Literature/Letters in 1975. He received his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall) in 1980.
Prior to his appointment, Judge Ortiz spent 20 years in private practice with a focus on personal injury and commercial litigation (at Roth, VanAmberg, Rogers & Ortiz from 1985-2005). Judge Ortiz clerked for Justice Sosa at the NMSC from 1983-1985.
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