Thirteenth Court of Appeals

Justices 
Photo of Chief Justice Dori Contreras

Chief Justice Dori Contreras

Place 1

Chief Justice Dori Contreras was first elected as a Justice to the 13th Court of Appeals in 2002.  She began her first term on January 1, 2003 and was re-elected in 2008 and 2014.  She was elected Chief Justice in 2018. She will serve in this position through 2024. Chief Justice Dori Contreras was born in San Juan, Texas.  She was... Read more

Photo of Justice Gina M. Benavides

Justice Gina M. Benavides

Place 5

Justice Gina M. Benavides was first elected to the Thirteenth Court of Appeals in 2006 and re-elected to a 2012 and 2018. During her tenure as an appellate judge, Justice Benavides has authored more than 1500 opinions on issues involving civil and criminal matters. Service & Leadership: As a member of the Court, Justice Benavides has been actively involved in implementing internal... Read more

Photo of Justice Nora Longoria

Justice Nora Longoria

Place 2

Justice Nora L. Longoria was first elected to the 13th Court of Appeals in 2012 and re-elected to a second six-year term in 2018.  She 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... Read more

Photo of Justice Leticia Hinojosa

Justice Leticia Hinojosa

Place 3

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

Photo of Justice Gregory T. Perkes

Justice Gregory T. Perkes

Place 6

Education: Mary's University School of Law, JD, 1987: Distinctions: Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Fraternity; Associate Editor of St. Mary's Law Journal; Tie for American Jurisprudence Award in Contract Law; American Jurisprudence Award in Police Misconduct-Civil Rights Litigation; University of Texas at Austin, BA in Zoology, 1983: Certifications: Mediation and Family Law Mediation Certificates, Mediators of Texas, 2017-18; National Judicial College’s Advanced Skills for Appellate Judges Program, 2016; New York University... Read more

Photo of Justice Jaime E. Tijerina

Justice Jaime E. Tijerina

Place 4

Justice Jaime Eduardo Tijerina was appointed to the 13th Court of Appeals, Place 4, by Governor Greg Abbott in August of 2019. Justice Tijerina also served as the 464th and 93rd District Court Judge in 2018 and 2019, positions also appointed by Governor Abbott.  Justice Tijerina served as a City Attorney with the City of Mission, Texas from 2014 through... Read more