Long Time Friend of Camp Eberhart

7/15/2019

Sarah Singleton, a long time friend of Camp Eberhart, passed after her battle with cancer. Sarah was a friend to many and will be missed by all. Her years at camp and her ongoing contributions of her time and smile will be missed. Sarah, most recently, served as a District Court Judge in New Mexico and ruled some very influential cases. The following are a few articles from the local papers;: FROM THE ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL JULY 5, 2019 Judge remembered as ‘force of nature’ BY DAN MCKAY / JOURNAL STAFF WRITER Friday, July 5th, 2019 at 2:04pm SANTA FE — Sarah Singleton — a hard-working judge who issued landmark rulings on same-sex marriage, gubernatorial vetoes and New Mexico’s education system — died Thursday. Singleton, who served in the 1st Judicial District, retired in 2017 but continued to preside over some cases this summer, including a lawsuit that accused New Mexico of failing to provide adequate public schools. As a district judge in Santa Fe, Singleton handled a broad collection of influential cases over the last decade — approving an order that led to the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses in 2013, invalidating 10 vetoes by then-Gov. Susana Martinez in 2017 and finding in 2018 that New Mexico violated the constitutional rights of some students by failing to provide a sufficient education.“Judge Singleton was a dedicated jurist and highly respected member of the community,” Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said in a written statement Friday. “The first New Mexico judge to rule in favor of marriage equality, she was committed to fairness, equity, and justice and leaves a legacy that will be remembered for many years to come. ”District Judge Bryan Biedscheid said Friday that Singleton worked incredibly hard, even in retirement. She knew the law well but was never pretentious, he said. Biedscheid practiced in Singleton’s court as an attorney before joining the bench himself. “She was a force of nature,” he said in an interview. “She wasn’t a judge who had to sit around and pretend she knew everything — she would ask questions. You could tell her goal was really to be fair and do justice for people.” Singleton was appointed in 2009 to the bench by then-Gov. Bill Richardson, who cited her 30 years of experience, including at the Singleton Law office and in the office of the Public Defender, both in Santa Fe. Before that, Singleton was appointed by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the Senate in 2006 to serve on the board of directors for the Legal Services Corp., the leading provider of civil legal aid for the poor in the United States. Singleton told the Journal in 2017 that she had a passion for “equal access to justice,” work that would continue after she retired. “My retirement,” she said at the time, “will not dampen my interest in or enthusiasm for assuring that people are not denied justice due to an inability to afford it.” As as a judge, Singleton handled civil cases large and small. In 2015, she presided over a wrongful death case that resulted in the state’s largest ever jury award, $165 million against the FedEx shipping company. In 2012, she ruled against a Santa Fe man who claimed electronic devices used by a neighbor adversely affected his health. This is a developing story and will be updated. FROM THE SANTA FE NEW MEXICAN JULY 5, 2019 Influential District Court Judge Singleton dies of cancer • By Phaedra Haywood | phaywood@sfnewmexican.com Bo William Brumble of Santa Fe, who was born Terrall William Brumble but has gone by Bo his entire life, waits in Judge Sarah Singleton’s courtroom April 14 to have his name legally changed. Brumble needed a birth certificate with the name Bo on it so he can obtain a Real ID. Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican Santa Fe public Schools superintendent Veronica Garcia was the first witness on opening day of what is planned to be a 9-week long lawsuit in Chief Judge Sarah Singleton 's District courtroom over whether New Mexico is giving enough money on a per-pupil basis to public education. Clyde Mueller/The New Mexican Retired District Judge Sarah Singleton, who made landmark decisions regarding same sex marriage and education in New Mexico, died Thursday evening at her home in Santa Fe of metastatic endometrial cancer. She was 70. Her death was confirmed by her longtime partner, retired state Court of Appeals Judge Lynn Pickard. Singleton was born in Ann Arbor, Mich., while her own father was in law school and grew up in Hammond, IN., Pickard said Friday. She attended Sarah Lawrence College for her undergraduate degree and obtained her law degree at Indiana University before moving to New Mexico in 1974. She was appointed to the First Judicial District Court in 2010 by then-Gov. Bill Richardson and presided over a primarily civil docket there until her retirement in 2017. Singleton ruled in 2013 that Santa Fe County Clerk Geraldine Salazar should begin issues marriage licenses to same-sex couples who sought them or appear in court to argue why she should not. After her retirement Singleton continue hearing select cases, including one filed by two New Mexico mothers alleging the state hadn’t provided sufficient public education in New Mexico. Singleton ruled the state needed to allocate more money for its K-12 education system. This is a developing story and will be updated. From US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT/AP JULY 5, 2019 Singleton, New Mexico Judge Who Ruled Over Major Cases, Dies Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says a retired judge who presided over multiple landmark cases in New Mexico has died. By Associated Press, Wire Service Content July 5, 2019, at 3:49 p.m. More Singleton, New Mexico Judge Who Ruled Over Major Cases, Dies More SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says a retired judge who presided over multiple landmark cases in New Mexico has died. Lujan Grisham announced Judge Sarah Singleton's death in an email Friday. A spokesman for the courts confirmed she died on Thursday. The governor said she was "incredibly saddened by Singleton's passing," and called her a "dedicated jurist." Singleton had been a judge in New Mexico's First Judicial District, which handles cases from Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Los Alamos counties. Singleton was remembered by the governor as being the first New Mexico judge to rule in favor of gay marriage in 2013. Last year, Singleton ruled that New Mexico was not meeting its constitutional obligations to provide an adequate education. Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved