Thirteenth Court of Appeals

Justices 
Photo of Chief Justice Dori Contreras

Chief Justice Dori Contreras

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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

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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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Justice 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... 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

Photo of Justice Rodolfo "Rudy" Delgado

Justice Rodolfo "Rudy" Delgado

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Education: Edinburg High School, 1972; B.A., University of Michigan, 1976; J.D., University of Texas Austin, 1981; Legal Experience: Licensed to Practice Law: May, 1982; Judge, Hidalgo County Court at Law #1, 1988 – 2000; Judge, 93rd Judicial District Court, 2001 – April 30, 2018; Family: Married to Diana Reyna Delgado: Nurse Practitioner; BSN, Texas Christian University; MSN, University of Texas Austin; Post Graduate: NP Certification, UTHSC Houston; Four Sons: Rudy D. Delgado: B.A., University of Texas Austin; J.D.... Read more