U.S. SENATE News:
WASHINGTON — Wednesday, before the full Senate Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) introduced David Herrera Urías to serve on the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico.
Senators Heinrich and Luján recommended Urías to the Biden administration for the vacancy.
“Throughout his legal career, Mr. Urías has built an impressive reputation as he has successfully litigated cases before both state and federal courts. He has also served as a mentor and role model for countless junior attorneys, been an active member of the UNM Law School community, and provided pro bono representation for the most vulnerable in our communities. I am confident that he will continue a proud legacy of compassionate and committed federal judges in New Mexico,” Heinrich said.
“Mr. Urías’ entire career has centered on giving back to the community, representing the diversity of who we are, and advocating for others. His nomination means so much to countless New Mexicans back home, and to me and Senator Heinrich. Mr. Urías is a highly-qualified nominee, it was my honor to stand with him today, and I urge the Senate Judiciary Committee to swiftly advance his nomination,” Luján said.
Urías has been an attorney at Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg Urias & Ward, P.A. in Albuquerque, since 2008. Urías was previously a staff attorney at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund in San Antonio, Texas, from 2004 to 2008.
From 2002 to 2004, Urías was an associate at Fried, Frank, Shriver & Jacobson, LLP in New York City. Urías served as a law clerk for Judge Vanessa Ruiz on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals from 2001 to 2002. He received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2001 and his B.A. from the University of New Mexico in 1997.