Eighth Court of Appeals

Justices 
Photo of Chief Justice Yvonne T. Rodriguez

Chief Justice Yvonne T. Rodriguez

Place 1

Justice Yvonne T. Rodriguez was sworn in as Chief Justice of the Eighth Court of Appeals, on January 1, 2021. She is the Court’s 16th Chief Justice and the first Latina Chief Justice in the Court’s 108-year history. Previously, Chief Justice Rodriguez served as an associate justice for the Eighth Court of Appeals for eight years. During that time, she authored... Read more

Photo of Justice Gina M. Palafox

Justice Gina M. Palafox

Place 3

Justice Palafox was elected to the Eighth Court of Appeals in November 2016 and began serving on January 3, 2017.  Before her judicial service, Justice Palafox engaged in the private practice of law, worked in health care management, and taught at the university level, among other professional activities.  As a solo practitioner, she primarily represented clients in civil and business... Read more

Photo of Justice Jeff Alley

Justice Jeff Alley

Place 2

Governor Greg Abbott appointed Jeff Alley as Associate Justice of the Eighth Court of Appeals, effective January 1, 2021. He will hold Place 2 until December 31, 2022, or until his successor shall be duly elected and qualified. Prior to this appointment, Justice Alley served as Chief Justice of the Eighth Court of Appeals from October 3, 2019 to December 31,... Read more