Justice Edward L. Chavez

Justice Edward L. Chavez

Justice Edward L. Chavez is a justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court in Santa Fe. He served as President of the Legal Aid Society of Albuquerque, Chairman of the UNM Mental Health Center and Chairman of the Disciplinary Board. He is a member of the New Mexico Language Access Advisory Committee.

Guest Appearances
August 24, 2015
Removing Language Barriers to Justice in the Nation’s Courts

American citizens who don’t speak fluent English or are illiterate face incredible disadvantages within civil, family law, and criminal courtrooms. Also, in many states juries are populated with exclusively English speaking citizens, which potentially misrepresents the peer group. Because of Gideon v. Wainwright, defendants in criminal cases have access to interpreters if necessary, but not...

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