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Judge Edward L. Benavidez named Chief Judge of the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court


The Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court has elected a new Chief Judge, the Honorable Edward L. Benavidez and a new Presiding Criminal Court Judge, the Honorable Vidalia G. Chavez. Both Judge Benavidez and Judge Chavez began their roles on May 1, 2017. Judge Benavidez succeeds Judge Henry Alaniz who has served as Chief since 2014. The Honorable Frank A. Sedillo will continue as the presiding judge over the Civil Court Division. Judge Benavidez was elected to the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court in 2008. Judge Benavidez is from Grant County, New Mexico, graduating from Cobre High School in 1980. Judge Benavidez received his undergraduate degree in Government from New Mexico State University in 1985 and his law degree from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, MI in 1990. His prior work experience includes 11 years in private practice, service as an assistant public defender and an assistant district attorney. He has served on the New Mexico Supreme Court Committee for the Improvement of Jury Service and currently serves on the Chief Judges Council, NM State Judiciary Budget Committee, the Judicial Information Systems Council and the Bernalillo County Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee. He is the presiding Judge for the Metropolitan Court’s DWI Recovery Court Program. Judge Chavez is a New Mexico attorney, born and raised in Albuquerque, and a 2006 graduate of the University Of New Mexico School Of Law. She was a Supreme Court appointee to the Metropolitan Court Rules Committee, and a member of the committee that established the DWI Court Program for the Second Judicial District Court. Judge Chavez was elected to the Metropolitan Court in 2014 and serves as the Presiding Judge for the Behavioral Health DWI Court.

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