Former prosecutor appointed to New Mexico Court of Appeals

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former state and federal prosecutor now in private practice in Albuquerque will be the newest judge on the New Mexico Court of Appeals.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's office announced Friday her appointment of Shammara Haley Henderson to fill a vacancy created by the Jan. 31 retirement of Judge M. Monica Zamora.

A statement issued by the governor's office said Henderson is the first African-American to be appointed to the state Court of Appeals, according to Aja Brooks, president of the New Mexico Black Lawyers Association.

Henderson was an assistant district attorney in Albuquerque and then an assistant U.S. attorney before going into private practice in 2017.