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Senate confirms local attorney to federal appeals court


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Local attorney Joel M. Carson III was confirmed Tuesday by the U.S. Senate to become a judge on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.


Carson is a founding partner of Carson Ryan LLC, an energy law firm serving southeastern New Mexico.

President Donald Trump nominated Carson in late December to replace retiring Judge Paul Kelly Jr. of Santa Fe.

With his appointment to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Carson joins fellow Roswell resident Honorable Judge Bobby R. Baldock, who was appointed to the court by President Ronald Reagan in 1983.

“I have known him for many, many years,” Baldock told the Roswell Daily Record in December. “He is a man of complete integrity and a man who follows the law. Period. He knows and understands the difference between the judiciary and the Legislature.”

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Carson began his career as a law clerk to Baldock. After leaving Baldock’s chambers, Carson worked for a respected law firm in the southeastern New Mexico, quickly earning the rank of partner. He left that law firm and became general counsel for Mack Energy Corp., the largest New Mexico-based independent oil and gas producer in New Mexico.

Carson has served on legal committees for the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association and the Independent Petroleum Association of New Mexico.

Carson resigned his position with Mack Energy to launch Carson Ryan LLC. The judges of the U.S. District Court of New Mexico then selected him to serve as the part-time U.S. magistrate judge for the Roswell division.

Baldock said as a part-time federal judge, Carson deals mostly with criminal matters.

“We are proud of Joel and congratulate him on his confirmation by the U.S. Senate,” said Christopher Lauderman, an attorney at Carson Ryan LLC. “Joel personifies the traits of an effective and honorable judge — humility, intelligence, patience, and common sense. Joel’s broad exposure to all areas of civil litigation combined with his experience as a United States magistrate judge gives us great confidence that he will make an outstanding circuit judge.”

Carson earned his J.D. from University of New Mexico in 1997. He earned is B.A. from Texas Tech University in 1994. He and his wife, Dr. Karen Carson, have two children.

His father, Joel Carson Sr., is a practicing attorney in Artesia.

Community News reporter Timothy P. Howsare can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 311, or vistas@rdrnews.com.

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