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The League of Women Voters will have Probate Judge Christine Chandler as the guest speaker 11:40 a.m. May 20 at the Mesa Public Library.
The lunch is open to the entire community. Chandler was appointed probate judge by the Los Alamos County Council in August 2013 to fill a vacancy. She is currently running for the position in the 2014 election.
Chandler grew up in Massachusetts and received her bachelor’s degree from Smith College, with a major in economics. She obtained her law degree from Boston College Law School and has a masters degree in International and Comparative law from Georgetown University Law Center.
Although Chandler loved living in New England, she fell in love with New Mexico after a Christmas holiday vacation in Santa Fe.
After a few years in private practice in Santa Fe, she worked as an in-house attorney for Los Alamos National Laboratory, primarily in the areas of employment law and litigation. She led the litigation group for 10 years before leaving the lab in 2013.
In addition to her part-time probate judge duties, she maintains a private law practice with her husband, George Chandler.
Chandler values the feeling of community that thrives in Los Alamos. In 1996, she was elected to the Los Alamos County Council and served as its chair and vice chair during her four-year term.
She has also served on numerous county boards and nonprofit organizations, most recently the Charter Review Committee. She is currently a member of the board of directors for the Los Alamos Family YMCA and is an active member of the league.
In her role as probate judge, Chandler hopes to make the Probate Court accessible to Los Alamos residents, particularly those who serve as personal representatives for a probated estate.
Chandler will give an overview of the New Mexico probate court system and initiatives that she has undertaken since she assumed office. She will also be reporting on the last Legislative session as it relates to current issues.
Lunch is $10 from the Los Alamos Co-op. To order a lunch, call Karyl Ann Armbruster at 661-6605 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Order by May 18. Lunch does not have to be ordered to attend the meeting.