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Justice profile: Guzman first Hispanic woman elected statewide

From Staff Reports
Feb. 15, 2017 at 4 a.m.

Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman

Justice Eva Guzman's 2009 appointment to the court added a third rung to her judicial career, having started as presiding judge of the 309th District Court in Harris County before joining the 14th Court of Appeals in Houston.

Her election to a full term in 2010 made Guzman the first Hispanic woman elected to a statewide office in Texas.

Guzman is a 2014 recipient of the Women and the Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and was awarded the Premier Women in the Law Modern Trailblazer given by the Association of Women Attorneys.

She is the court's liaison to the Commission on Judicial Conduct, the Texas Access to Justice Foundation and the Texas Access to Justice Commission.

Her role on the latter panel makes Guzman responsible for oversight and funding of the state's legal-assistance program for the poor.

She also is chair of the Supreme Court's Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families.

Guzman is on the board of trustees for her alma mater, South Texas College of Law, also serving on Duke University School of Law's Board of Visitors.

She has been elected a member of the American Law Institute since 2005 and has served on the adjunct faculty at the University of Houston Law Center and the American Bar Association Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute.

Guzman left a 10-year legal practice to take her first bench. She earned her bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Houston before graduating with her law degree from South Texas College and her master's of law degree from Duke University School of Law.

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