Former Boulder County Judge Virginia Chavez joined the staff of JAG arbiters in 1998. She was appointed to bench in 1987, following a legal career as a Staff Attorney for the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, a District Attorney in Boulder, Colorado, and a personal injury and criminal defense attorney in private practice. After leaving the bench, Chavez received formal training and practiced as a private mediator before joining JAG.
Chavez has been active in the legal and civic communities in Boulder County. She currently serves as a board member on the Boulder County Bar Foundation and Boulder Emergency Squad. Her past board memberships include the Boulder County Bar, where she is a past president, Boulder County Paramedics, and Boulder County Mental health where she is a past president and worked with the Executive Medical Director to destigmatize mental illness. She has presented a few times to the CTLA at its annual convention, to the CTLA Auto Litigator’s CLE, to the Boulder County Bar/Boulder Medical Association, and to the State ADR convention on effective techniques for lawyers in preparing for and during mediation. In her more distant past she taught Street Law at Lookout Mountain Detention facility, facilitated a mock trial program at the Gilliam Center and has judged NITA, high school mock trial and CU law student mock trial competitions.
- Presenter for Colorado Trial Lawyers on Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Presented to Boulder County Bar ADR Section on Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Presented at State ADR conference