Edward Chavez

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Edward Chavez
Court Information:
New Mexico Supreme Court
Title:   Justice
Salary:  $125,000
Appointed by:   Gov. Bill Richardson
Active:   3/10/2003-12/31/2022
Past post:   Attorney in private practice
Past term:   1981-2003
Personal History
Born:   1956
Party:   Democratic
Undergraduate:   Eastern New Mexico University, 1978
Law School:   University of New Mexico School of Law, 1981
Candidate 2014:
Candidate for:  Supreme Court
Position:  Retention
State:  New Mexico
Election information 2014:
Incumbent:  Yes
Election date:  11/4/2014
Election vote:  73.2%ApprovedA

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[1] He was retained in 2014 for a term that expires on December 31, 2022.[2]



See also: New Mexico judicial elections, 2014
Chavez was retained to the New Mexico Supreme Court with 73.2 percent of the vote on November 4, 2014.[2]

Judicial performance evaluation

The New Mexico Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission recommended that Justice Chavez be retained. The full report is available here.


Chavez was retained in 2006, winning 76.7 percent of the vote.[3]


Chávez received his undergraduate degree from Eastern New Mexico University in 1978 and his J.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1981.[4]


Chavez has also taught at the University of New Mexico School of Law and the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.[4]

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[4]

Political ideology

See also: Political ideology of State Supreme Court Justices

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.[5]

See also

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