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 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 55 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 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 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 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 Chapa pursued her... 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

Bio forthcoming.   Staff: Staff Attorneys: Valerie Najera; Sharon Brown;