|Current Court Information:|
|New Mexico Supreme Court|
|Appointed by:||Gov. Bill Richardson|
|Past post:||Attorney in private practice|
|Undergraduate:||Eastern New Mexico University, 1978|
|Law School:||University of New Mexico School of Law, 1981|
|Candidate for:||Supreme Court|
|Election information 2014:|
Edward L. Chavez is a justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court. Chavez was appointed to the supreme court by Governor Bill Richardson on January 30, 2003. He took office on March 10, 2003 He was retained in 2014 for a term that expires on December 31, 2022.
- See also: New Mexico judicial elections, 2014
|Chavez ran for retention to the New Mexico Supreme Court. The general election took place on November 4, 2014.|
Judicial performance evaluation
The New Mexico Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission recommended that Justice Chavez be retained. The full report is available here.
- 2003-2022: Justice, New Mexico Supreme Court
- 1981-2003: Attorney in private practice
Chavez has also taught at the University of New Mexico School of Law and the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.
Awards and associations
- Past president, Legal Aid Society of Albuquerque
- Past chairman, University of New Mexico Mental Health Center
- Past chairman, Disciplinary Board
- Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
- Fellow, International Academy of Trial Laywers
In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Chavez received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -1.13, indicating a liberal ideological leaning. This is less liberal than the average CF score of -1.18 that justices received in New Mexico. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.
- New Mexico Supreme Court, "Justice Edward L. Chavez"
- theNewspaper.com, "New Mexico Supreme Court Overturns DUI Without Driving," June 14, 2010
- New Mexico Supreme Court, "Justice since statehood"
- New Mexico Secretary of State, "2014 Primary Candidate List"
- New Mexico Secretary of State, "2006 General Election Results"
- New Mexico Supreme Court, "Justice Edward L. Chavez," accessed August 14, 2014
- Stanford University, "State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns," October 31, 2012
|Former||Patricio Serna • Paul Kennedy (New Mexico) •|