The Tribal State Judicial Consortium, represented by Honorable Charles W. Daniels, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New Mexico, appointed District Court Judge William J.J. Platero to fulfill an existing vacancy.
Platero was appointed as a tribal member to fill the term that expires December 31, 2011.
The Consortium began in 1997 as an initiative of the New Mexico Supreme Court, later to be formally recognized in 2006 as an advisory board. It consists of seven members of the state courts and seven members of tribal courts in New Mexico.
The mission of the Consortium is, “To encourage and facilitate communication and collaboration between State and Tribal Court judges on common issues, focusing on domestic violence, domestic relations, child custody, child support, child abuse and neglect, and juvenile justice, and addressing questions of jurisdiction and sovereignty as they relate to each particular issue.”
Platero, who has been involved with the Consortium for about 1 ½ years said “The consortium is a good place to meet not only other judges, but many important people who can collaborate with our courts on many issues.”
According to a press release, Judge Platero, originally from Smith Lake, N.M., is currently a district court judge for To’Hajiilee-Alamo Judicial District. He has also served at the Tuba City and Crownpoint Judicial Districts. He began serving as a district court judge on June 30, 2008, and was confirmed as a permanent judge of the Navajo Nation in October 2010.
He was previously prosecutor for the Navajo Nation, staff counsel within the Navajo Nation Department of Justice, and a 15 year U.S. Army veteran, returning from duty in Iraq in 2005 with the rank of captian.
Platero, graduated from the University of New Mexico and Central New Mexico Community College, where in 2010, he was honored for his achievements since graduation with a distinguished alumni award.