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Christine Arguello
Christine Arguello   Judge, U.S. District Court, Colorado

In 1977, she became the first Latina from Colorado to be admitted to Harvard University School of Law.  She graduated from Harvard Law School in 1980, where she served as Articles Editor for the Harvard Civil Rights Civil Liberties Law Review. Prior to her appointment to the Colorado bench, Judge Arguello was the Managing Senior Associate Counsel at the University of Colorado in Boulder where she led a team responsible for advising the campus on legal issues.

Esther Salas
Esther Salas   U.S. Magistrate Judge, District of New Jersey

As the first Hispanic to serve in the position, Judge Salas takes great pride in her Cuban/Mexican heritage and in the opportunity to serve. A graduate of Rutgers University, and the School of Law, she was active in student affairs. She later gained significant experience as a law clerk, in general practice, and in the representation of indigent clients as a federal public defender.

Edward Chavez
Edward Chavez   Justice, the State of New Mexico Supreme Court

Justice Chavez has served the people of the Land of Enchantment for more than two decades. The former president of the Legal Aid Society of Albuquerque, chairman of the University of New Mexico Mental Health Center is listed in Best Lawyers in America, and is active in a variety of civic and professional organizations. Gov. Bill Richardson appointed him to the Supreme Court in 2003.