Area judge closer to federal seat

Freedom Newspapers

Clovis native Robert Brack received unanimous approval Thursday from the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to move from New Mexico’s 9th District Court to the U.S. District Court for New Mexico.
Brack previously testified before the judiciary committee on June 25 and the committee vote clears the way for his confirmation by the full U.S. Senate. A confirmation vote has not yet been scheduled but his sponsor, Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., issued a press release saying he will press for a vote by the Senate before the start of the August congressional recess.
“Judge Brack will contribute immensely to the New Mexico courts and will be able to promptly help with heavy caseloads, particularly in southern New Mexico, where they are overwhelmed,” Domenici said.
Brack’s duties will primarily focus on the federal courthouse in Las Cruces, where he will be the first full-time district judge in that location. The post was previously filled on a rotating basis by district court judges whose primary duties were in Santa Fe or Albuquerque.
Brack has served as a 9th District Court judge since 1997, working in both Portales and Clovis. From 1980 to 1997, he had his own civil trial practice in Clovis.
According to Domenici’s press secretary, Chris Gallegos, standard practice is that judicial nominees agree not to speak to the media while the confirmation process is under way.