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.

Career Highlights 
Joined JAG as an arbiter in 1998
Mediation private practice
Chavez & Garlin, P.C., Personal Injury and Criminal Defense
Deputy District Attorney, Boulder, CO
Staff Attorney, Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
Community and Professional Activities 
Board of Directors, Boulder County Bar Foundation
Board of Directors, Boulder County Paramedics (non profit ambulance company)
Board of Directors, Boulder Emergency Squad
Former President, Board of Trustees, Boulder County Bar Association
Past President, Board of Directors, Boulder County Mental Health
Colorado Hispanic Bar Association
University of Denver Law Alumni Council
Colorado State Judicial Department Personnel Review Board
Boulder Human Rights Task Force
Boulder’s .15% Sales Tax Review Committee
Articles, Publications & Lectures 
  • 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
Fun Facts 
Is a sports junkie!
Played on the 1977 championship volleyball and 1978 championship basketball teams at the University of Denver
Is a movie buff and has more movies to watch than time to view