The Solicitor General’s Office (SGO) addresses appeals and constitutional litigation on behalf of the State of New Mexico. The SGO is comprised of both the Civil Appeals Division and the Criminal Appeals Division of the New Mexico Department of Justice. The SGO includes a Solicitor General, a Deputy Solicitor General for each of the appeals divisions, around twenty Assistant Solicitors General, and five professional staff, located in both Albuquerque and Santa Fe.
The SGO represents the State in cases before all state and federal courts in civil and criminal matters. The SGO also works with attorneys general offices across the nation to address interstate and federal issues in amicus curiae “Friend of the Court” briefs and in letters addressed to state and federal officials on important matters that impact our nation and New Mexicans. The SGO additionally works with the Government Accountability Division to address questions presented by officials who are statutorily authorized to present such questions in Attorney General Opinions.
To contact the SGO, email SolicitorGeneralOffice@nmag.gov.
Solicitor General Allen
In 2023, Attorney General Raúl Torrez named New Mexico attorney Aletheia V.P. Allen as the Solicitor General for the New Mexico Department of Justice. AG Torrez tasked SG Allen with restructuring the SGO to integrate the Criminal Appeals Division and newly created Civil Appeals Division and ensure the NMDOJ’s effective and cohesive handling of constitutional litigation and appeals.
Prior to joining the NMDOJ, SG Allen served as the Chief Appellate Attorney at the New Mexico Court of Appeals. SG Allen also served as a Supervising Appellate Attorney and Assistant and Associate Staff Attorney at the same Court. Prior to her time at the Court, SG Allen practiced in complex civil litigation and bankruptcy at the boutique law firm Arland & Associates, LLC; clerked for the Honorable James J. Wechsler (ret.) at the New Mexico Court of Appeals; and consulted on legal, marketing, and quality matters for an internet start-up company in Chicago.
SG Allen is also active in New Mexico’s legal and non-legal communities. She teaches at the law school in adjunct and guest-speaker capacities for the Appellate Decision Making course and various advanced legal writing courses, serves on the New Mexico Supreme Court’s Commission on Equity and Justice and the New Mexico Supreme Court’s Appellate Rules Committee, has served in various capacities on the National Association of Appellate Court Attorneys and other local and national organizations, and grades bar exams. SG Allen also edited the Business Law textbook for the American School of Correspondence and published articles in the New Mexico Law Review and national association newsletters.
SG Allen graduated cum laude from the University of New Mexico School of Law with clinical law honors, where she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the New Mexico Law Review, vice president and president of the Women’s Law Caucus, student representative for the Curriculum Committee, and earned a Dean’s Award for leadership and general contribution to the law school community. While in law school, SG Allen also worked with the team who submitted amicus curiae briefs to the California Supreme Court and U.S. Supreme Court on constitutional matters. Prior to law school, SG Allen earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago, majoring in Law, Letters, & Society, and worked as a paralegal in a large law firm in Chicago before pursuing her law degree.
SG Allen is admitted to practice in the States of New Mexico and Illinois (inactive), the U.S. District Courts for the District of New Mexico and the Northern District of Illinois, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Mexico, the 9th and 10th Circuit Courts of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.