Texas Supreme Court Place 9
Justice Eva Guzman has served at three levels of the Texas judiciary. She began her judicial service on the 309th District Court in Harris County, after an appointment by then-Governor George W. Bush. Justice Guzman then moved on to serve on the Houston-based Fourteenth Court of Appeals for almost a decade. In 2009, she was appointed to serve on the Supreme Court of Texas by Governor Rick Perry and she was elected to a full term in November 2010, when she became the first Hispanic woman elected to state-wide office in Texas. In March 2016, Justice Guzman won re-nomination and became the highest-ever vote-getter in a Texas Republican primary with 1.27 million votes and was re-elected to the bench in November 2016. Justice Guzman has recently been honored with the Hispanic Bar Association of Houston’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2016 Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists Appellate Judge of the Year. Justice Guzman is a member of both the Board of Trustees for The Center for American and International Law and the Board of Trustees for South Texas College of Law. As Chair of the Supreme Court of Texas Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families, she has worked with leaders across the state to improve outcomes of safety and permanency, and to foster the well-being of Texas’ most vulnerable children and families. Additionally, Justice Guzman is the Court’s liaison to the Texas Access to Justice Commission, an organization dedicated to expanding legal access in civil legal matters for low-income Texans. Before taking the bench, Justice Guzman enjoyed a successful 10-year career in Houston. She holds a B.B.A. from the University of Houston, a J.D. from South Texas College of Law, and an LL.M. from Duke University School of Law.