U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico
NominatedApril 19, 2021
ConfirmedSeptember 21, 2021
Prior to joining the bench, Judge Strickland was a leading civil rights lawyer and criminal defense lawyer in New Mexico.
In 2016, Judge Strickland was elected president of the New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.
From 2011 to 2021, Judge Strickland was a founding partner at McGraw & Strickland, an all-female law firm where she focused on civil rights work and representing victims of police brutality and sexual assault.
From 2006 to 2011, Judge Strickland was a trial attorney for the New Mexico Public Defender.
In 2017, Judge Strickland won a $1.6 million verdict against the Las Cruces Police Department for excessive force, battery and unlawful arrest after a woman was severely injured at the hands of a police officer who, responding to a dispute over a barking dog, slammed her face into rocks and banged her head against a car door. A jury found the officers violated the Fourth Amendment and committed battery.