The Hon. Vincent Knight is a member of the Pueblo of Laguna who brings a significant amount of experience to the Mescalero Apache Tribal Court. As a former prosecutor and defense attorney, Judge Knight tried thousands of criminal cases ranging from domestic violence to vehicular homicide. Additionally, Judge Knight tried many civil cases including juvenile delinquency and neglect and abuse cases. Thereafter, Judge Knight elevated to the bench for a number of tribes including the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe and the Pueblo de San Ildefonso. Judge Knight served as one of the first Tribal Law and Order Act judges for the Gila River Indian Community. There, he heard felony cases involving serious criminal allegations that penalized defendants for up to 9 years in jail. Judge Knight is also experienced in administrative and board service work. He served as a Tribal Administrator for a few Pueblos in New Mexico and served on the Laguna Department of Education School Board for several years as its Board President. In 2013, Judge Knight was given the “40 under 40” award from the NCAIED for his community service work for his Pueblo. He currently serves on the National Judicial College’s Faculty Council representing Tribal Courts. Judge Knight graduated from the University of Oklahoma and the University of New Mexico School of Law. Judge Knight is an avid sports enthusiast who loves to run, play tennis, golf and sometimes you will still see him on the hardwood floors playing basketball. Judge Knight is a proud father of two boys, Evan and Ashton, who live with his wife Tammy in Albuquerque. He is the son of former AAIP Executive Director Margaret Knight, and Acting Chief Judge of the Pueblo of Isleta, the Hon. Vincent Knight, Sr., who is a member of the Ponca Tribe. Judge Knight is honored to serve the Mescalero Apache Tribe and is committed to improving all services related to the Mescalero Apache Tribal Court.