Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Court of appeal.(Personalities)

Byline: Barbara Chavez Journal Staff Writer

Judge Denise Barela Shepherd, who will help wed couples on Valentine's Day, says she has no objections to romance

Judge Denise Barela Shepherd will set aside her gavel at Metropolitan Court for a few hours on Valentine's Day to preside over the court of love. For the past several years, on Feb. 14, Shepherd has been more Cupid than court magistrate. She's pleased to be one of several judges who regularly take on the joyful task of marrying couples who want to celebrate their wedding anniversaries on this date.

Joining Shepherd in officiating this year will be: Court of Appeals Judge Cynthia Fry; District Court Judges James Blackmer, Ted Baca and Jim Loughren; and Metropolitan Court Judges Kevin Fitzwater, Cecelia Niemczyk, Sandra Clinton, Judy Nakamura, Sharon Walton and Frank Sedillo.

More than 30 Metropolitan Court employees have also volunteered their time to help. …

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