About the Author

Lisa Torraco is a 1991 graduate of University of New Mexico School of Law.  Upon graduation Torraco work as an assistant district attorney for the Second Judicial District. In 1993 worked for the Santa Fe District Attorney’s office where she was appointed to lead the Child Abuse Division for Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Los Alamos Counties. A prosecutor, Lisa Torraco has prosecuted all levels of felony and misdemeanor cases and in 1993 the New Mexico State Bar Association awarded Lisa Torraco “New Prosecutor of the Year.”

Lisa Torraco  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.  She was an Assistant City attorney for the City of Rio Rancho and prosecuted cases on behalf of the City. Dedicated to law enforcement, Lisa Torraco has advised police departments on risk management and employment matters and defended police in civil rights actions.

Lisa Torraco began her teaching career at New Mexico State University when she taught an undergraduate criminal justice course inside the New Mexico Women’s Correctional facility in Grants, New Mexico. She has taught in a course in Sociology and the Law at the University of New Mexico.  She began teaching the District Attorney clinic at the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1996. Lisa Torraco left the UNM law school program when it closed in 2006 and opened her own law firm.  In her private practice, she works in State and Federal Courts in a myriad of cases, including but not limited to civil litigation, small business representation, and criminal law.

Lisa Torraco is a former New Mexico foster parent and currently represents foster children and parents in the Children’s Court. As a foster parent, Torraco has fostered 11 children.  Torraco is a single mom, has four children, three grown step-children and two grandchildren.