Edna Frances Sprague

Albuquerque, New Mexico


  • Licensed to Practice Law in the state of New Mexico, September 2001


  • West Virginia University School of Law. Morgantown. West Virginia (Transfer Student: Chicago-Kent College of Law, Ill. Institute of Tech., Chicago Ill.)
    Juris Doctor,May 2001
  • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico
    Graduate course work forMasters of Community & Regional PlanningJanuary 1997 to May 1998.
  • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico
    Bachelor of Arts: American Studies and Women Studies, December 1996

Work Experience

Second Judicial District Attorneys Office: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Deputy District Attorney, May 2012 to present. Duties included those listed below with the addition of all supervisory responsibility for case acceptance, prosecution, and plea resolutions up to and including jury trials. Responsible for all administration and personnel matters for a division of fifteen people. This includes hiring and discipline. Manage caseloads and triage of an endless variety of case difficulty. Supervise seven attorneys at all experience levels. Work with local law enforcement in streamlining and bettering communication with law enforcement in order to make the criminal justice system more accessible to victims of violent domestic violence crimes. Delegate case responsibility and duties within the division. Coordinate with other state agencies regarding case prosecution, appellate issues, and collaboration. Handle all criminal cases from other judicial districts where there exist conflicts in the originating jurisdiction.

Assistant Supervising Senior Trial Attorney, January 2012 to May 2012

Felony Domestic Violence Division – District Court. Duties include screening of all criminal case investigations submitted to the Second Judicial District Attorneys office for case prosecution. Responsible for presenting those accepted cases to the Grand Jury for probable cause determinations. Assist the Deputy District Attorney with any and all administrative needs including but not limited to supervising the attorney and non-attorney staff in the division (fourteen total people).

Assistant District Attorney, November 2009 to January 2012

Felony Domestic Violence Division – District Court. All duties the same as listed below except cases are now focused on the intersection between domestic violence and narcotics offenders. Working under Federal Grant to combat narcotics and violence crimes offenders. Additionally taught classes to law enforcement around the state of New Mexico on domestic violence legal updates (both criminal and as related to the Family Violence Protection Act) in satisfaction of mandatory law enforcement continuing education requirements.

Assistant District Attorney, September 2006 to November 2009

Felony Domestic Violence Division – District Court. Prosecute all varieties of felony domestic violence cases. Participate in the Albuquerque Police Department Cadet Mock Trial trainings; co-taught classes at the APD Academy with other assistant district attorneys. Taught Continuing Legal Education classes on domestic violence and criminal law. Attended numerous community meetings related to domestic violence; including homicide review teams, domestic violence network meetings, and planning meetings for the Family Advocacy Center, to name a few. Extensive law enforcement training with APD – Mandatory training done every two years to the entire department. Additional training done during field briefings at request of commanding officers.

Assistant District Attorney, August 2005 to September 2006

Lead Project Attorney for a Domestic Violence Special Prosecution Unit in the Metropolitan Court. Prosecute all varieties of misdemeanor domestic violence cases with the assistance of one field investigator and two victim advocates.

New Mexico Legal Aid, Inc.: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Staff Attorney, June 2002 to July 2005

Represent victims of domestic violence in obtaining, enforcing, modifying orders of protection against their abusers and family law associated with the domestic violence case, including divorce and custody issues. Act as an informal liaison between the victim and the criminal justice system in prosecuting criminal domestic violence cases.

Participate in numerous community activities dealing with Domestic Violence, including but not limited to: the Intimate Partner Violence Homicide Review Team; NM Coalition Against Domestic Violence; and NM Attorney General’s Office.

Taught Continuing Legal Education classes on Domestic Violence in civil court, the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, and general family law.

Appear in District Court on a regular basis mostly for the purpose of conducting evidentiary hearings; also appeared in Metropolitan Court to litigate landlord/tenant cases.

Previous work included dealing with clients on a variety of housing issues: evictions, foreclosures, discrimination, and landlord/tenant negotiations.

Garcia Kelley & Associates: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Associate Attorney, January 2002 to June 2002

Worked with Family Law clients, Domestic Violence clients, Adoptions, regarding all areas of family, divorce, and custody law.

Atkinson & Kelsey, PA: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Law Clerk, August 2001 to October 2001

Worked with Family Law clients regarding complex divorce, custody, and financial issues. Included case development on complicated child abuse case.

West Virginia University Clinical Law Program: Morgantown, West Virginia

Student Attorney, August 2000 to May 2001

Worked with a variety of clients regarding complex family and domestic violence matters and social security cases. Included drafting legal documents, attending hearings, client interviews and counseling.

Public Defender Corporation of Harrison County: Clarksburg, West Virginia

Public Interest Advocates Fellow, June 2000 to August 2000

Worked with court appointed clients regarding their cases and determined any possible defenses. Included drafting, representing clients at hearings, and jail visits.

Uptown People’s Law Center: Chicago, Illinois

Law Clerk, June 1999 to August 1999

Researched class action laws and broad based legal claims relative to prisoner’s rights.

Assisted with a Landlord/Tenant jury trial.

Extracurricular and Volunteer Experience

National Organization of Legal Services Workers Local 2320, United Auto Workers,

  • President, June 2003 to July 2005
    Leading member of the Union that represents the approximate 70 non-management employees of New Mexico Legal Aid. Conducted all types of union activities including but not limited to grievances, negotiations for a collective bargaining agreement, fiscal supervision of union funds and analysis of NMLA’s monies; and administration of all union business.

West Virginia University College of Law

Women’s Law Caucus, September 1999
National Lawyer’s Guild, September 1999
Public Interest Advocates, September 1999

Chicago Kent College of Law

Winner of Charles Evans Hughes Moot Court Competition, April 1999
Society of Women in Law, member, September 1998

University of New Mexico

Voting Member on Student Fee Review Board, December 1997 to May 1998
Allocated six million dollars of student fees to academic programs. Participated in formal hearings and deliberations with Board members, administrators, accounting personnel and University Vice Presidents.

Access to Resources for Women, May 1996 to August 2000
A chartered organization founded to publish a women’s resource handbook for the University area. Addresses legal, social, economic, and cultural issues, with a strong commitment to public advocacy and self-empowerment. Personal Chapter done on Domestic Violence. Published handbook in May 1999.

University of New Mexico College Democrats, January 1993 to May 1998
Vice President in 1994 and President in 1997. Encouraged involvement in the political process. Participated and worked in local and federal elections.