Raphaelson wants to be more than a judge

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By Christina Dey

After spending 20 years as a lawyer, Sheri Raphaelson of Tierra Amarilla, said she felt honored to be appointed to the position of First District Judge by Gov. Richardson.

“All I have to worry about is the law,” she said.

Raphaelson spoke to the Los Alamos Democratic Party Central Committee on Thursday about her career before her appointment in March and her career since.

Before the appointment, Raphaelson had her own one-woman law firm in Española, as a criminal defense lawyer.

She began to take on civil cases and now as a judge said she is glad she did because half of her cases are civil. She said that it “worked out to be the perfect background.”

Besides her career as a lawyer Raphaelson is one of 40 listed midwives in the state. After graduating from college with a degree in sociology she didn’t really know what she wanted to do with her life.

She said that she had heard about midwifery and was interested, but made a more practical decision to apply to law school. She thought if she didn’t get into law school, she would find out what it took to become a midwife.

As it turned out, Raphaelson got into law school and didn’t think about midwifery again until she was working in Boston as a hearing examiner.

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