Lisa Torraco
Lisa Torraco

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During her time at the District Attorney's office the Prosecutors Section of the New Mexico State Bar Association awarded Torraco "New Prosecutor of the Year" in 1993. She was a member of the Board of Directors for the Prosecutor Section of the New Mexico Bar Association from 1993 -1996. She served as a special prosecutor for the Second Judicial District, from 1996 to 2006.

Lisa Torraco is devoted to criminal justice reform. She is a part of the "Right on Crime" movement and advocates for a smarter approach to criminal justice. When in the New Mexico State Senate, she was the co-chair to the Criminal Justice Reform Subcommittee in the 2013-2014 interim.


  • University of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque, New Mexico
    • J.D.
  • University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego, California
    • Honors: Certificate of International Criminal Studies
  • University of New Mexico
    • B.A.
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Major: Economics

Classes & Seminars

  • Judicial Education Center, Metropolitan and District Court Judges , 2006
  • Guest Instructor - Prosecution Misconduct, District Attorney Conference - Prosecution Misconduct, 2006
  • Guest Instructor - Training, Second Judicial District Attorney’s Office Training, 2006

Past Positions

  • Office of the District Attorney in the 1st and 2nd District Attorneys Offices , Assistant District Attorney
  • Child Abuse Division in Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Los Alamos Counties, Senior Managing Attorney
  • New Mexico State Senate, Senator, 2013 to 2017
  • University of New Mexico School of Law, Adjunct Professor, 1996 to 2006

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Defense Investigations
  • Pre-Indictment Preventative Work
  • Criminal Appeals and Criminal Litigation


  • Awarded the Governor's Award for Outstanding Women, By Bruce King, Governor, 1991
  • National Association of Women Lawyers Award, 1991
  • Awarded New Prosecutor of the Year, by the New Mexico Bar Association, 1993
  • Board of Directors, Prosecutors Section of the New Mexico Bar Association, 1993-1996
  • Certification of Appreciation, New Mexico Supreme Court for work on the Civil Rules Committee - Domestic Violence forms and rules, 2000
  • Keynote speaker New Mexico Bail Bondsman annual conference, 2013 and 2014
  • Keynote speaker National Conference of Municipal Judges, 2015