Martha Vázquez

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Martha Alicia Vázquez
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico
In office
2003–2010
Preceded by Juan Guerrero Burciaga
Succeeded by Bruce D. Black
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico
Assumed office
October 1, 1993
Appointed by Bill Clinton
Preceded by Santiago E. Campos
Personal details
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[edit]

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[edit]

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.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Santiago E. Campos
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico
1993–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Juan Guerrero Burciaga
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico
2003–2010
Succeeded by
Bruce D. Black