The competition for the open Ninth Judicial District judgeship has tightened up.
Local attorneys Robert S. Orlik and David Peter Reeb were selected Friday as the two finalists for the judgeship, which opened in April when Gov. Bill Richardson signed a $1.8 million bill to establish eight new judgeships in the state. Four applied for the position.
For Orlik, this is the third time he has been named.
“I’m very pleased I was named again,” he said, “and we’ll just hope for the best.”
He said his good rapport with his clients and communities of Clovis and Portales qualifies him for the position.
“I’ve been a resident for 33 years, and in private practice for 27 years,” he said. “I pretty much know the pulse of the community.”
Reeb, who is an attorney with Harmon & Reeb LLC, said his 10 years of “unequivocal litigation” experience makes him a good choice for the seat.
“I was very honored (to be named),” Reeb said. “I am exceptionally comfortable with the rules of evidence and procedure, based upon my vast trial experience.”
Additionally, Reeb said he could provide the district ma ny years of service if chosen.
Ultimately, the governor will decide which candidate takes the judgeship. As of Friday he had 30 days to make his choice, officials with the governor’s office said Tuesday.