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Metro Court Welcomes New Judges


Three newly appointed judges joined the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court in February; Judge Brittany Maldonado Malott, Division X; Judge Felicia Blea-Rivera, Division XV; and Judge David A. Murphy, Division XVI.  All three judges are serving in the criminal division of the court.   
Judge Maldonado Malott was born and raised in Albuquerque.  She earned an undergraduate degree in English from the University of New Mexico, and her law degree from UNM.  Before joining the court, Judge Maldonado Malott worked for the Law Offices of the Public Defender and was most-recently assigned to its Serious Violent Offense Unit.  Judge Maldonado Malott and her husband, Brian, enjoy spending their free time with their two dogs, Remi and Vinny. 

Judge Blea-Rivera is a native New Mexican, and earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and a law degree from UNM.  She previously worked as an attorney for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration, the Bernalillo County Attorney’s Office and the New Mexico Association of Counties.  The judge began her legal career as a prosecutor with the Second Judicial District Attorney's Office and was in private practice in the areas of criminal defense, employment and civil rights matters.  Judge Blea-Rivera is the proud mother of three children and two rescue dogs.
Judge Murphy was raised in Albuquerque, and is a proud graduate of Albuquerque Public Schools.  Judge Murphy earned both his undergraduate and law degree from the University of New Mexico.  Judge Murphy began his career as a public defender in Albuquerque and continued his work in criminal law as a prosecutor in Santa Fe and with the Attorney General's Office.  Most recently, Judge Murphy was a supervisor in the General Crimes Division of the Second Judicial District Attorney's Office.  Outside of work, you can find Judge Murphy and his husband, Damien DeMenno, on the bosque trails preparing for an obstacle course race or walking their Corgi, Buster.

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