Eighth Court of Appeals

Photo of Chief Justice Ann Crawford McClure

Chief Justice Ann Crawford McClure

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In 2011, Justice Ann Crawford McClure was appointed Chief Justice of the Eighth Court of Appeals by Governor Rick Perry, becoming the first female chief justice in the court's one-hundred year history. She was elected to an unexpired term in 2012 and re-elected in 2014. Chief Justice McClure, was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1953 and the family relocated to Houston,... Read more

Photo of Justice Yvonne T. Rodriguez

Justice Yvonne T. Rodriguez

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Justice Yvonne T. Rodriguez was elected to serve on the Eighth Court of Appeals effective January 1, 2013. She was born in Wiesbaden, Germany in 1958. Justice Rodriguez has previously served as Judge of El Paso County Probate Court No. 1. She was the first Hispanic female probate judge in the State of Texas. She graduated from Mary Hardin-Baylor with... Read more

Photo of Justice Gina M. Palafox

Justice Gina M. Palafox

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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