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PORTALES—The Honorable Edward L. Chavez, Chief Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court, will be the commencement speaker at Eastern New Mexico University's May 12 ceremony at 10 a.m. in Greyhound Arena in Portales. Chavez graduated from ENMU in 1978 with a bachelor's in business administration, with honors in personnel management.
Other graduation activities will include the commencement reception for 2007 fall graduates from 2:30–4 p.m. on Friday, May 11, in the Campus Union Building Ballroom.
The spring 2007 Academic Honors Convocation will be at 1:30 p.m. that day in the University Theatre Center for students receiving graduation honors. The Nurses' Pinning Ceremony will be from 6–8 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, in Buchanan Hall in the Music Building. Sixteen nurses will receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).
Born in Santa Fe, Chavez has served on the New Mexico Supreme Court since 2003, becoming Chief Justice on Jan. 10, 2007.
He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1981.
He teaches at UNM School of Law as an adjunct instructor in trial practice and evidence, and the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.
Some of his recognitions include being listed in Best Lawyers in America, election as a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, which is limited to not more than one percent of attorneys practicing in any given state, and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, which is limited to not more than 500 attorneys from the United States.
Chavez is also an elected member of the American Law Institute.