Los Alamos attorney Elizabeth K. Allen stopped by the Los Alamos Daily Post Wednesday to discuss her decision to run for Los Alamos Municipal Court Judge.
“I started thinking about elective office in 2017 … it was a hard year in our country and at the same time a lot of inspiring things began to happen especially with the women’s movement,” Allen said. “I read a quote by Joan Baez, ‘Action is the antidote to despair’ and that also inspired me and that is why I want to run for office and believe that service begins in my own community.”
Why Municipal judge specifically?
“Ever since we moved here in 2014 I’ve felt I have found my forever home,” Allen said. “There are so many opportunities to serve and Municipal judge is such an important position … it directly relates to everyone in our community. I feel my skills, training and education can best serve as Municipal judge.”
Allen, a Democrat, is running against Republican incumbent Alan Kirk.
She now serves the community as a member of the Los Alamos Lodgers Tax Board and Family Strengths Network Board. She also teaches criminal and business law at UNM-Los Alamos.
Allen studied political science at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah and received her law degree from Pepperdine School of Law in Malibu, Calif. She has experience working in the law in California, Idaho and now New Mexico. Allen began her legal experience interning with the Honorable Michael McConnell of the 10th Circuit.
In California, she worked as an advocate for children with special needs. In Idaho, Allen focused on traffic and misdemeanor cases, including DWIs, Domestic Violence, Petty Theft, Drugs and juvenile offenses. She eventually opened her own law firm where she worked with child protection cases and both felony and misdemeanor defense.
After moving to Los Alamos, Allen worked as a coordinator for JJAB and Teen Court. She also served as a member of the JJAB Advisory Board and the DWI Planning Committee.
Allen is married to Los Alamos Golf Course Superintendent Matt Allen and the couple has three children.