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Governor Announces Court Appointments

on October 12, 2017 - 8:44am
Gov. Susana Martinez
SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez has announced appointments to Division II of the First Judicial Court, and Division II of the Eleventh Judicial District Attorney’s Office.
Gregory Shaffer of Santa Fe has been appointed to Division II of the First Judicial District Court, filling the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Sarah Singleton.
Shaffer most recently served as county attorney for Santa Fe County where he built on his more than 20 years of legal experience. Prior to his service with Santa Fe County, he spent four years as general counsel for the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration and two years as deputy chief counsel for the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department. Shaffer received his bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pennsylvania and his juris doctorate at New York University School of Law in New York City.
Paula James-Pakkala of Gallup has been appointed district attorney for Division II of the Eleventh Judicial District to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Karl Gillson. James-Pakkala most recently served as senior trial prosecutor in the Eleventh Judicial District focusing on felony homicide cases as well as drunk driving cases.
Working in the office since 2009, she’s had constant experience coordinating with Navajo Nation and federal law enforcement officials, ensuring that multi agency public safety efforts are effective and efficient. In addition to other multi agency responsibilities, her work has included effectively managing federal and state grants for the district.
In 2016, she was named prosecutor of the year for the Eleventh Judicial District. James-Pakkala’s legal experience goes back three decades in both public and private practice. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Montana in Missoula and her master’s degree and juris doctorate from the Antioch School of Law in Washington, D.C.