Lisa Schultz

New Mexico Third Judicial District Court, District 3

Lisa will continue to be a voice for equality on the bench.


The Honorable Lisa C. Schultz was the first openly gay candidate to be elected to the New Mexico Judiciary. She was appointed, and later elected to the bench in 2006, where she continues to serve today in her third term. In 2007, she was awarded the Southern New Mexico Grand Marshall Award for “contributions and achievements supporting our local, state and national GLBT communities.” In 2010, the State Bar of New Mexico honored and recognized Judge Lisa C. Schultz for 25 years of dedicated service to the legal profession and to the citizens of the State of New Mexico.  

 From 2017 to the present, Judge Schultz has been honored to preside over mental health cases, including as the presiding Judge in the Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) Program, in addition to her regular docket. In 2020, Judge Schultz became the first Judge in New Mexico to become certified as a “Trauma Informed Trainer,” hoping to help other Judges learn to better serve persons with mental illness in their courtrooms.  

 During her tenure as a Judge she has addressed many issues within the Judiciary concerning homophobia, public corruption, mental health, and the development of guidelines for safe co-parenting during COVID 19. 

 Prior to becoming a Judge, she practiced law in Las Cruces for over twenty years, and contributed much of her time to the LGBTQ movement. She received the national Martindale-Hubbell AV rating and was awarded the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Outstanding Women in New Mexico. She is a former President of Dona Ana Women’s Bar Association, as well as a published author, noted speaker, and past recipient of Who’s Who in American Law. Judge Schultz also served as the New Mexico Senate Ways and Means Committee Legislative Analyst during the 1993 and 1994 Legislative sessions. 

 Judge Schultz is a graduate of New York Law School, Harvard Divinity School and Johnston College. She and her wife, Veronica, were married on the eve of their 38th anniversary, in 2013. 

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