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Name  Patricio Serna

Education  Harvard Law School
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Patricio M. Serna is a former Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court.



Serna earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the College of St. Joseph on the Rio Grande, a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Denver School of Law, and a Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School. He was later awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from the University of Denver School of Law.

Serna was the first in his family to attend college.

Judicial career

Serna began his judicial career as District Court Judge to the First Judicial District in Santa Fe. He served for over 11 years, from 1985 until 1996, during which he was also President of the New Mexico District Judges Association.

Serna was sworn onto the Supreme Court December 5, 1996. He served as Chief Justice during 2001 and 2002. Serna retired from the court on August 31, 2012.

Serna served as President/Moderator of the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts. In addition to his judicial duties, he has taught as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and Columbus School of Law at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.


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