Edward L. Chavez
Supreme Court Justice
Evaluation: Justice Edward Chavez received consistently high ratings in this evaluation. He exhibits strengths in all judicial performance categories, including timely submission of his authored opinions, effectively handling his workload, working hard, and discharging administrative responsibilities diligently. His decisions are readable and understandable. He conducts himself in a manner free from impropriety and demonstrates knowledge of substantive law. Although this evaluation indicated no specific areas of weaknesses or concern, Justice Chavez is committed to improving his own judicial skills.
Experience & Education: Justice Chavez was appointed to the bench on March 10, 2003 and was elected in November 2004. Before assuming the bench, he worked for 22 years in private practice. He served as President of the Legal Aid Society of Albuquerque, Chairman of the University of New Mexico Mental Health Center, and Chairman of the Disciplinary Board. Justice Chavez teaches at the University of New Mexico School of Law and the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. He received his undergraduate degree from Eastern New Mexico University and his law degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law.