Judicial Experience

  • Justice, Supreme Court Of Texas
    October 2009 – Present
    Appointed by Governor Rick Perry in October 2009. Elected to a full six year term November 2010.
  • Justice, 14th Court of Appeals
    November 2001 – October 2009
    Appointed by Governor Rick Perry in November 2001. Elected in November 2002, to fill an unexpired term and re-elected in November 2004, to a full six year term.

    • Panel member for over two thousand civil and criminal appeals and original proceedings for a ten-county jurisdiction
    • Author of hundreds of published opinions, covering a wide range of civil and criminal law topics, including issues of first impression and cases submitted for en banc review.
  • Judge, 309th Family District Court
    April 1999 – November 2001
    Appointed in April 1999, by then-Governor George W. Bush to fill an unexpired term and elected in November 2000.

    • Disposed of over 5,000 cases in a three-year period.
    • Resolved hundreds of motions and presided over dozens of bench and jury trials.


  • Duke University School of Law
    Masters of Laws, Judicial Studies
  • South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas
    Doctor of Jurisprudence
  • University of Houston, Houston, Texas
    Bachelor Business administration

Professional Accomplishments And Recognition

  • Chair, Supreme Court of Texas Permanent Judicial Commission on Children, Youth and Families, 2010-Present
  • Liasion, Supreme Court of Texas Access to Justice Commission
  • Duke University School of Law, Board of Visitors 2014-Present
  • Board of Trustees, South Texas College of Law 2010 – Present
  • Board of Trustees, The Center for American and International Law
  • Elected Member, American Law Institute, 2005 – Present
  • Adviser, American Law Institute Project on Restatement of the Law, Children and the Law
  • American Leadership Forum, Class XXII, Senior Fellow (2006)
  • Board Member, South Texas College of Law Alumni Association, 2007-2009
  • Adjunct Faculty, University of Houston Law Center, Civil Trial Advocacy, Spring-Fall 2009
  • Adjunct Faculty, South Texas College of Law Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute, 2009-2012
  • Adjunct Faculty, American bar Association Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute, 2000-2007
  • Past Member, College of The State Bar of Texas
  • Appointed Member, Supreme Court of Texas Advisory Committee, 2009-2010

Selected Honors And Awards

  • John Ben Sheppard Public Leadership Institute “Outstanding Texas Leader 2015”
  • Recognized by Houston Chronicle “35 Houston Latinos [you] Should Know” (2015)
  • South Texas College of Law “Alumni Impact Award” (2014)
  • Texas Asian Republican Club “Statesman of the Year Award” (2014)
  • Assn of Women Attorneys “Premiere Women in The Law -Modern Trailblazer Award” (2014)
  • State Bar of Texas Women in the Law Section “Sara T. Hughes Women of Achievement Award” (2014)
  • Sucesos Publications Tribute to Hispanic Women “Woman of the Year Award” (2014)
  • Texas Assn of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce “Women of Distinction Award” (2013)
  • SER Jobs for Progress “2013 Community Leader Award”
  • TWEF “2013 Leadership Award”
  • Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas “2012 Latina Trailblazer Award”
  • Children’s Assessment Center of Houston, “Special Recognition for Devotion to Children” (2012)
  • Hispanic National Bar Association “Las Primeras of Texas” Recognition (2011)
  • LULAC Council 402 Latina Woman of the Year Award (2011)
  • Latino Leaders Magazine “101 Most Influential Latino Leaders” (2010) (2011)
  • Hispanic Business Magazine “100 Influentials in Government” (2010)
  • Houston Woman Magazine “Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women” (2010)
  • Hispanic National Bar Association “Latina Judge of the Year Award” (2009)
  • Mexican American Bar Association of Texas Foundation “Judge of the Year Award” (2009)
  • Hispanic Women in Leadership “100 Outstanding Women in Leadership Award” (2009)
  • Houston Independent School District “Distinguished Alumnus” Award 2009
  • Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association “Pathfinder Award” 2010
  • Houston Bar Association President’s Award for Outstanding Committee Service (2006, 2008)
  • Texas Executive Women – “Women on the Move®” Award (2006)
  • P.O.L.I.C.E., INC. “Appellate Justice of the Year” (2003)
  • Houston Police Officers Union “Appellate Justice of the Year” (2002)
  • Houston Bar Association, “Distinguished Faculty Recognition”, Continuing Legal Education (2000-2005, 2007)

Membership And Leadership In Professional Organizations

  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Houston Bar Foundation
  • Former Member, Frank Evans Center for Conflict Resolution
  • Board Member, American Inns of Court, Garland Walker Inn, (2006-2009)
  • Member, National Association of Latino Elected Officials
  • Member, Hispanic National Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Chair: Dist. 4J28 Grievance Committee (1993 – 1996)
  • Appointed Member, District 4J28 Grievance Committee (1990 – 1993)
  • Member, Child Abuse & Neglect Committee (2004/2005)

    • Member, Family Law Section
    • Member, Appellate Law Section
    • Pattern Jury Charge Committee (2001)
  • Houston Bar Association

    • Judicial Liaison, Houston Bar Association Appellate Section (2007)
    • Co-Chair, Media and the Law Committee (2007)
    • Co-Chair, Continuing Legal Education Committee (2005)
  • Co-Chair, Continuing Legal Education Committee – Institutes Subcommittee (2004)
  • Co-Chair, Continuing Legal Education Committee – Seminars Subcommittee (2003)

    • Co-Chair, Administration of Justice Committee (2001)
    • Member, Appellate Law Section
    • Member, Family Law Section
    • Member, Continuing Legal Education Committee (2001, 2002)
    • Member, Professionalism Committee (1999, 2001)
    • Member, IDEA Committee (1999, 2001)
    • Former Member, Lawyers in Public Schools Committee
    • Former Member, Adopt-A-School Committee
    • Former Member, Speakers Bureau Committee
  • Mexican American Bar Association

    • Chair: Leadership 2000 Mentoring Program (1999 – 2003)
    • Director (1999 – 2003)
    • Corresponding Secretary (1998)
  • Association of Women Attorneys

    • Director (1999 – 2001)
  • Member, Hispanic Bar Association of Houston
  • Former Member, Women Professionals in Government

Past Civic And Community Activities And Memberships

  • Board Member, Greater Houston Area Chapter American Red Cross
  • Board Member, Texas Executive Women Former
  • Board Member, The Escape Center
  • Board Member, Wesley Community Center
  • Board Member, Texas CASA Former
  • Advisory Board Member, The Chinquapin School
  • Board Member, The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs of metropolitan


  • Married to Ret. Houston Police Sgt. Anthony Guzman
  • Children: Melanie Alexis Guzman, Graduate of Harvard University 2014