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|Martha Alicia Vázquez|
|Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico|
|Preceded by||Juan Guerrero Burciaga|
|Succeeded by||Bruce D. Black|
|Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico|
October 1, 1993
|Appointed by||Bill Clinton|
|Preceded by||Santiago E. Campos|
|Born||December 1953 (age 63)
Santa Barbara, California
|Education||University of Notre Dame B.A.
Notre Dame Law School J.D.
Martha Alicia Vázquez (born December 1953) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico, and the first woman to be appointed as a federal judge in that state.
Education and career
Born in Santa Barbara, California, Vázquez is an alumna of the University of Notre Dame, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1975, followed by a Juris Doctor from the Notre Dame Law School in 1978. Following a brief stint with Michigan Migrant Legal Services, she was a public defender in New Mexico from 1979 to 1981, and then entered private practice, in Santa Fe, Mexico, from 1981 until her appointment to the federal bench in 1993.
Federal district service
On August 6, 1993, Vázquez was nominated by President Bill Clinton for the judge seat on the District Court vacated by Santiago E. Campos. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 30, 1993, and received her commission on October 1, 1993. She served as chief judge of the court from 2003 to 2010.
Santiago E. Campos
|Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico
Juan Guerrero Burciaga
|Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico
Bruce D. Black