Fourth Court of Appeals

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Chief Justice Rebeca Martinez

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Chief Justice Rebeca C. Martinez is the proud daughter of a Vietnam War Veteran and his wife of over 60 years. She was raised on military bases all around the country for most of her childhood. She graduated high school with honors from Incarnate Word Academy in Corpus Christi, Texas, as a University Scholar with dual degrees from Southern Methodist... Read more

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Justice Patricia O'Connell Alvarez

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Prior to being elected in 2012, Justice Alvarez was in private practice for twenty-six years as a civil defense trial attorney. She is graduate of the University of Texas School of Law (JD) and Duke University School of Law (LLM) and an active member of The American Board of Trial Attorneys (ABOTA).

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Justice Luz Elena Chapa

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Justice Luz Elena D. Chapa was elected to serve on the Fourth Court of Appeals effective January 1, 2013, and when elected, she was the youngest appellate judge in the State of Texas. She was re-elected in 2018 and is currently serving her second term. Prior to her election, Justice Chapa practiced on both sides of the civil docket in... Read more

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Justice Irene Rios

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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

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Justice Beth Watkins

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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

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Justice Liza A. Rodriguez

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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

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Justice Lori I. Valenzuela

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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