Justice Edward L. Chavez, born in Santa Fe, was appointed to the Supreme Court by Governor Bill Richardson and has served since March 10, 2003. Justice Chávez graduated from Eastern New Mexico University in 1978 with a B.B.A. degree. He went on to attend the University of New Mexico School of Law and received his Juris Doctor in 1981.
Throughout his 22 years in private practice, Justice Chávez was committed to people. He served as President of the Legal Aid Society of Albuquerque, Chairman of the UNM Mental Health Center and Chairman of the Disciplinary Board. In addition, he was a member of numerous civic and professional organizations. His dedication to higher education afforded him the opportunity to teach at the UNM School of Law as an Adjunct Instructor, and he also taught at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. Justice Chávez is listed in Best Lawyers in America, and he is a Fellow in both the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.