Fourth Court of Appeals

Justices 
Photo of Chief Justice Rebeca Martinez

Chief Justice Rebeca Martinez

Place 1

Chief Justice Rebeca C. Martinez is the second of five children born to Antonio F. Martinez, a Vietnam War veteran, and his wife, Manuela, of almost 60 years. She has lived in military bases all around the country and moved to Corpus Christi, TX just before her father's retirement. Chief Justice Martinez graduated from Incarnate Word Academy with honors and... Read more

Photo of Justice Patricia O'Connell Alvarez

Justice Patricia O'Connell Alvarez

Place 3

Justice Patricia O’Connell Alvarez was elected to Place 3 on the Fourth Court of Appeals in 2012. Justice Alvarez was born in Mexico City and moved to the United States as an adult. 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... Read more

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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 upon her election, she was the youngest serving 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... 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

Photo of Justice Beth Watkins

Justice Beth Watkins

Place 2

Justice Beth Watkins was elected to Place 2 on the Fourth Court of Appeals in 2018. Before joining the Court, she represented clients in more than 200 appeals to state and federal appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court, the Texas Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and most intermediate appellate courts in... Read more

Photo of Justice Liza A. Rodriguez

Justice Liza A. Rodriguez

Place 5

Justice Rodriguez was born and raised in the border town of Laredo, Texas. She is a graduate of the University of North Texas and St. Mary’s University School of Law. Prior to being elected to her current office in November of 2018, she was a solo practitioner with a focus on Criminal Defense and Family Law. Justice Rodriguez was also previously... Read more

Photo of Justice Lori I. Valenzuela

Justice Lori I. Valenzuela

Place 7

Justice Lori I. Valenzuela was the former judge of the 437th Criminal District Court where she presided from 2009 until she was appointed to the 4th Court of Appeals in January 2021. Raised in a military family, she takes great pride in co-founding and presiding over a Felony Veteran’s Treatment Court while serving as a trial judge. Prior to her... Read more