“Ms. Singleton is bringing with her more than thirty years of legal experience and I am confident she will serve the 1st Judicial District Court and the people of New Mexico justly,” Richardson said in a news release.
Singleton was appointed by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the Senate in 2006 to serve on the Board of Directors for the Legal Services Corporation. LSC is the leading provider of civil legal aid for the poor in the United States. She is one of 11 members on the bipartisan board, appointed by the President.
Singleton has worked at the Montgomery & Andrews law firm in Santa Fe since 1985. She previously worked in her own private practice as well as the office of the Public Defender in Santa Fe.
She earned her bachelors degree from Sarah Lawrence College and her J.D. from Indiana University School of Law. Singleton has been a member of the New Mexico Bar Association for 35 years, serving as president of the organization from 1995-1996.
Singleton will have to face an election next year.
Hall is retiring at the end of the month.