The New Mexico Women's Bar Association invites you
to our 2019 Henrietta Pettijohn Event
honoring the Honorable Nan Nash, retired, and
Rising Star Awardee Jazmin Irazoqui-Ruiz
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Hon. Nan G. Nash
Nan G. Nash was appointed to the New Mexico Second Judicial District Court Bench, Division XVII in January 2003. Judge Nash served as presiding judge of the SJDC Family Court from December 2004 through September 2007. She joined the Civil Division in September 2007. Judge Nash was elected as Chief Judge of the SJDC in April 2014 and April 2017.
Prior to joining the bench, Judge Nash served as a Special Commissioner of Domestic Violence and a Child Support Hearing Officer for the Second Judicial District Court. She has served on numerous task forces and committees addressing family violence and family law issues including chairing the Supreme Court Domestic Relations Task Force.
Judge Nash began her career with the Second Judicial District Court as the director of Court Alternatives. She remains active in the alternative dispute resolution community. She taught ADR related courses as an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law since 1994, most recently teaching Family Mediation Training from 1999 through 2015.
Judge Nash currently serves as Chair of the Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission and recently completed an eight year term on the New Mexico Judicial Standards Commission. Her work as chief judge has focused on criminal pretrial reform, the elder and disability initiative and the fiscal and administrative management of the court.
Judge Nash in a graduate of Indiana University School of Law and practiced with the firm of Civerolo, Gralow & Hill, P.A. before joining the Court.
Jazmín Irazoqui-Ruiz is a Corinne Wolfe Fellow for Transformative Advocacy, sponsored by the UNM School of Law.
She was born in Sinaloa, Mexico, and grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, later moving to Albuquerque, New Mexico during high school. After graduating from Del Norte High School Jazmín utilized the lottery scholarship and went on to receive her Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in finance and honors interdisciplinary studies from the UNM Anderson School of Management.
Thanks to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, she graduated from the UNM School of Law in May 2017. Jazmin had to fight for her spot in the New Mexico State Bar due to her immigration status she was not afforded the same licensure as other professionals who harness the same qualifications. Her self-advocacy resulted in a proposed rule change for admission to the NM State Bar regardless of immigration status and she was finally admitted in 2017 with her class.
Jazmin is the first “DACAmented” member of the New Mexico State Bar and continues to help other “DACAmented” students achieve their memberships as well.
Jazmín’s fellowship project focuses on economic development for immigrant families and all affected children across New Mexico through policy, community education, and direct legal advocacy projects. The project was proposed as a direct response to the uncertainty Jazmin and the immigrant community faced with the incoming federal administration’s promise to rescind DACA.
In collaboration with the NM Dream Team, Jazmin started the Economic Justice Program that focuses on immigrant entrepreneurship, the tax implications of owning a small business, and the resulting immigration issues.
In addition to her professional role as a Corinne Wolfe Fellow, Jazmin also serves on Encuentro’s Board of Directors as Treasurer, and the City of Albuquerque’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs as Secretary. During her free time, she enjoys volunteering for NM Dream Team and United We Dream state and national campaigns that advocate for immigrants’ rights, and occasionally retreats to New Mexico’s mountains for mind-clearing hikes.