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Joel M. Carson III

Amongst President Donald Trump’s ninth wave of judicial nominees released Wednesday afternoon was a name familiar in Artesia: Joel M. Carson III.

Carson, formerly of Artesia and current part-time magistrate judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico and partner in the Roswell-based law firm Carson Ryan, LLC, was nominated to serve as a circuit judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Prior to his selection as a magistrate judge in 2015, and before founding his own firm in 2014, Carson served for five years as general counsel of Mack Energy Corporation. He was also previously a partner in the Roswell-based Hinkle, Hensley, Shanor & Martin, LLP, where he practiced for nine years.

Earlier in his career, Carson served as a law clerk for Judge Bobby R. Baldock of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He holds a BBA in Finance from Texas Tech University and a JD from the University of New Mexico School of Law.

Carson has also served on legal committees for the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association and the Independent Petroleum Association of New Mexico. He is a member of the New Mexico Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission and was selected by Gov. Susana Martinez to serve on the energy and environment transition team following her election in November 2010.

Carson’s father, Joel M. Carson II, is a longtime practicing attorney in Artesia.

Carson’s nomination has been formally submitted from the White House to the Senate; the Senate Judiciary Committee will now begin the confirmation process.

“I am confident that Joel will serve in this highly respected position with honor and integrity,” Congressman Steve Pearce said Wednesday. “I appreciate my colleagues, Sen. (Martin) Heinrich and Sen. (Tom) Udall, working with me to identify and recommend qualified candidates with knowledge of New Mexico for this presidentially appointed position.

“I encourage my colleagues in the Senate to swiftly work to confirm Joel.”

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