Hon. Stephen French


  • B.A., University Studies, University of New Mexico, 1977
  • J.D., California Western School of Law, 1980

Work history:

  • 1993-2016: French & Associates, P.C.
  • 1990-1993: Legal Bureau Chief, Risk Management Division, State of New Mexico
  • 1982-1990: Walz & French, P.A.
  • 1980-1981: Assistant District Attorney, Second Judicial District

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Appointment History

New Mexico Court of Appeals 02/19/16 - 11/08/17

Judge French was appointed by Gov. Martinez to fill the vacancy left by Judge Fry's retirement.  His term ended when he lost to Judge Vargas during the 2016 general election.

New Mexico Court of Appeals 12/22/17 - 12/31/18

After being defeated by Judge Vargas in the general election, Judge French was again appointed by Gov. Martinez to fill the seat vacated by Judge Bustamante.