New Mexico State Supreme Court Justice Edward Chavez set to retire

February 26, 2018 by Carmine Sabia

A Supreme Court appointment is a lifetime position that can only end when a Justice either dies or decides to retire.

And New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Edward Chavez has decided that he is going to retire in March.

Justice Chavez History.

Justice Chavez, who was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, graduated from Eastern New Mexico University in 1978.

He went on to attend the University of New Mexico School of Law and, in 1981, got hit Juris Doctor.

He was appointed to the Supreme Court by Democrat Gov. Bill Richardson in 2003.

But as of March 9, Justice Chavez will be retired, The Associated Press reported.

The court announced Thursday that Chavez’s retirement will be effective March 9 and that a nominating committee will meet in April to interview applicants and recommend potential candidates to Gov. Susana Martinez.

A Santa Fe native, Chavez was appointed to the Supreme Court in 2003 by then-Gov. Bill Richardson. He graduated from Eastern New Mexico University in 1978 and went on to attend and graduate from the University of New Mexico School of Law.

Chavez previously spent two decades in private practice and served as president of the Legal Aid Society of Albuquerque, chairman of the UNM Mental Health Center and chairman of the Disciplinary Board. He also was an adjunct professor at the UNM School of Law.

What It Means.

Justice Chavez was appointed by a Democrat governor but the governor replacing him, Gov. Martinez, is a Republican.

That could mean that decisions coming from the court would change based on the politics of the appointee.

It is what Democrats wanted to do when Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died and Democrats wanted him to be replaced by President Obama.

That did not happen, and President Donald Trump appointed conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch

It should be interesting to discover which candidates Gov. Martinez is considering and who will take Justice Chavez’s place.

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