Barbara Vigil

State Supreme Court Justice Barbara J. Vigil — the longest-serving member of New Mexico’s highest court — announced her imminent retirement Tuesday in a video on YouTube.

“This has been a difficult decision to make because serving on the bench has been such a tremendous honor,” Vigil said in a 32-second clip. Vigil’s retirement will be effective at the end of June, according to a statement issued by the Administrative Office of the Courts. She has served since 2012.

A native New Mexican, Vigil was valedictorian of her graduating class at the now-defunct St. Catherine Indian School in Santa Fe, earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from New Mexico State University and obtained her law degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law. She was a judge in the state’s First Judicial District — which serves Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Los Alamos counties — from 2000 until her election to the state Supreme Court.

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