Justice Eva Guzman has served at all levels of the Texas judiciary. Her judicial service began when then Governor George W. Bush appointed her to the 309th District Court in Harris County. In 2001, then Governor Rick Perry appointed her to the Fourteenth Court of Appeals in Houston, where she served nearly a decade before her appointment to the Supreme Court of Texas in 2009. When elected to a full term in 2010, Justice Guzman became the first Hispanic woman elected to statewide office in Texas. In 2016, she won re-election with 4.88 million votes, the highest vote total in Texas election history. An American Law Institute member since 2006, Justice Guzman was honored as the 2016 Appellate Judge of the Year by the Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists, chairs the Supreme Court’s Children’s Commission, is the Court’s liaison to the Texas Access to Justice Commission, and serves as summit chair to the Appellate Judges Education Institute's 2020 Summit to be held in Austin, TX. Before taking the bench, Justice Guzman enjoyed a successful 10 year legal career in Houston. She holds a B.B.A. from the University of Houston, a J.D. from South Texas College of Law Houston, and an LL.M. from Duke University School of Law.
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