Fourth Court of Appeals

Justices 
Photo of Chief Justice Sandee Bryan Marion

Chief Justice Sandee Bryan Marion

Place 1

Chief Justice Sandee Bryan Marion was elected in 1992 as Judge of Bexar County Probate Court No. 2 where she served until her appointment to the Fourth Court of Appeals in 2002. In 2014, she was elected to serve as Chief Justice of the Court. Chief Justice Marion graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin in 1977 and... Read more

Photo of Justice Karen Angelini

Justice Karen Angelini

Place 5

Justice Karen Angelini was born in Austin, Texas in 1951. She was appointed to the Fourth Court of Appeals in January 1997. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin (B.A. with Honors 1972) and St. Mary's University School of Law (J.D. 1979). Prior to joining the court, Justice Angelini practiced law for approximately ten years with the law firm... Read more

Photo of Justice Marialyn Barnard

Justice Marialyn Barnard

Place 2

Justice Marialyn Barnard has served on the Fourth Court of Appeals since her appointment by the Governor of Texas in January 2009. She was elected to the court in 2010 and re-elected in 2012. Early in her legal career, as a law student, Justice Barnard served as an intern at the Texas Supreme Court for Justice John Cornyn and at the... Read more

Photo of Justice Rebeca Martinez

Justice Rebeca Martinez

Place 7

Justice Rebeca C. Martinez is the second of five children born to Antonio F. Martinez, a Vietnam War veteran, and his wife, Manuela, of over 50 years. She has lived in military bases all around the country and moved to Corpus Christi, TX just before her father's retirement. Justice Martinez graduated from Incarnate Word Academy with honors and later earned... Read more

Photo of Justice Patricia Alvarez

Justice Patricia Alvarez

Place 3

Justice Patricia O. Alvarez was elected to Place 3 on the Fourth Court of Appeals in 2012. Justice Alvarez is from Laredo, Texas. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 1982, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Texas School of Law in 1987. Before joining the court, Justice Alvarez was in... Read more

Photo of Justice Luz Elena Chapa

Justice Luz Elena Chapa

Place 4

Justice Luz Elena D. Chapa was elected to serve on the Fourth Court of Appeals effective January 1, 2013, and is currently the youngest sitting Hispanic justice in the State of Texas.  Prior to her election, Justice Chapa practiced on both sides of the civil docket in counties across Texas, with a concentration in products liability litigation.   Justice Chapa pursued... Read more

Photo of Justice Irene Rios

Justice Irene Rios

Place 6

Justice Irene Rios was elected to Place 6 on the Fourth Court of Appeals in 2016. Justice Rios graduated from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 1990. In 1999, she was appointed by the Bexar County Commissioners Court as Judge of Bexar County, County Court at Law No. 10, where she served for 14 years. As a trial judge, Justice... Read more