Thirteenth Court of Appeals

Justices 
Photo of Chief Justice Rogelio Valdez

Chief Justice Rogelio Valdez

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Chief Justice Rogelio Valdez was elected Chief Justice of the Thirteenth Court of Appeals on November 7, 2000, and re-elected to a second term in 2006. He is the first person of Hispanic descent to serve as the Thirteenth Court's Chief Justice. Chief Justice Valdez's judicial service began in 1983 when he was elected to County Court at Law Number One... Read more

Photo of Justice Nelda V. Rodriguez

Justice Nelda V. Rodriguez

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Justice Nelda V. Rodriguez was born on February 12, 1954 in Kingsville, Texas. She graduated from Texas A&I University and received her Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law. While attending law school, she interned for the Harris County District Attorney's Office. In 1981, Justice Rodriguez and her husband formed the law office of Rodriguez and Rodriguez. In... Read more

Photo of Justice Dori Contreras

Justice Dori Contreras

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Justice Dori Contreras, formerly known as Justice Dori Contreras Garza, was born in San Juan, Texas. She was raised in Pharr, Texas and graduated from PSJA High School in 1976.  After graduation, she moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas from which she received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting in December of 1980.  In response to... Read more

Photo of Justice Gina M. Benavides

Justice Gina M. Benavides

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Justice Gina M. Benavides was first elected to the Thirteenth Court of Appeals in 2006 and re-elected to a second six-year term in 2012. During her tenure as an appellate judge, Justice Benavides has authored more than 900 opinions on issues involving civil and criminal matters. Service & Leadership: As a member of the Court, Justice Benavides has been actively involved in... Read more

Photo of Justice Nora Longoria

Justice Nora Longoria

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Nora L. Longoria was born and raised in Edinburg, Texas. She graduated from Texas A&M University in College Station in 1986 with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in History. In 1990, Justice Longoria received her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Texas School of Law. Before her election to the Thirteenth Court of Appeals, Justice Longoria... Read more

Photo of Justice Leticia Hinojosa

Justice Leticia Hinojosa

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Justice Leticia Hinojosa was born in Brownsville, Texas and graduated from Homer Hanna High School in 1975. After graduation from High School, she attended the University of Texas at Austin graduating Magna Cum Laude with Bachelor of Arts in Government in December of 1978. Justice Hinojosa also attended University of Texas Law School where she received her Doctor of Jurisprudence... Read more