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Judge Sharon D. Walton honored with prestigious Henrietta Pettijohn Award




Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Judge Sharon D. Walton was recognized by the New Mexico Women’s Bar Association with the prestigious Henrietta Pettijohn Award at a reception on Thursday, May 10th for her lifetime work of supporting women in the legal field. Ms. Pettijohn was the first woman to be admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court in the Territory of New Mexico.
Judge Sharon Walton was appointed to Metropolitan Court in 1999 and serves as a judge in the Criminal Division. She has served in state and local government since 1987, including terms as an Assistant Attorney General, Deputy General Counsel for the New Mexico Corrections Department, and Corrections Administrator. She acted as the Associate Warden for the Penitentiary of New Mexico Maximum-Security Unit and as an Assistant City Attorney representing the Albuquerque Police Department. She is a former chairperson of the Supreme Court Rules Committee and a past member of the statewide and Metropolitan Court Odyssey Steering Committees. Judge Walton also served as a Problem Solving Court Judge, presiding over the court’s Domestic Violence Repeat Offender Program and as one of the Courts to School Judges.
Judge Walton is a graduate of University of New Mexico School of Law (1987 JD), New Mexico State University (1983 BBA, Marketing), and Del Norte High School (1979). Judge Walton continues her professional education through frequent courses at the National Judicial College. Judge Walton also teaches Evidence, Criminal Procedure and paralegal studies at Central New Mexico Community College.
Judge Walton has been involved in various professional organizations including serving as a board member of the New Mexico Women’s Bar Association and as president of the local chapter of Inns of Court. 
She is active in the community and is the former president of the Palomas Park Neighborhood Association, has been involved in PTA, AYBL, AYSO and Little League. She has volunteered as an official for AYSO, a judge for the We the People Competition, a judge for high school speech tournaments and served for many years as a board member of the Altamont Little League. She is married and has two sons in college. 
Others honored at the Annual Henrietta Pettijohn Reception include Sarita Nair, who received the Exemplary Service Award, Emma O’Sullivan, who was recognized with the Outstanding Young Attorney Award and the law firm of Little, Gilman-Tepper & Batley, P.A., which was awarded the Supporting Women in the Law Award for its longstanding promotion of a culture of success for women attorneys in New Mexico.
The money raised at the annual reception goes towards scholarships for law students who have graduated and are studying for the bar exam.

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