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Leticia Hinojosa.

13th Court of Appeals Justice
40.
Years
Legal
Experience

Great Experience

     Justice Leticia Hinojosa was the first woman appointed elected Judge in South Texas and the third Hispanic woman elected Judge in the State of Texas. She has served with distinction as a County Court at Law Judge, a State District Court Judge, and now as Justice on the 13th Courts of Appeals. The citizens of the State of Texas have elected her in every judicial race and she has won every judicial poll taken by the State Bar of Texas.

     This court is very important and serves intermediate appellate jurisdiction in both civil and criminal cases appealed from the lower courts.   The 13th court serves 20 counties which include: Aransas, Bee, Calhoun, Cameron, De Witt, Goliad, Gonzales, Hidalgo, Jackson, Kenedy, Kleberg, Lavaca, and Live Oak, Matagorda, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Victoria, Wharton, and Willacy.

     Ms. Hinojosa was born and raised in Cameron County and has served as a judge in Hidalgo County to this day considers both places her home. Ms. Hinojosa’s friends, family, and colleagues span the counties that are served by the 13th Court.

     The voters of Hidalgo County elected Ms. Hinojosa to two terms as a County Court at Law Judge and two as a State District Court Judge.  Ms. Hinojosa has the distinct honor of having been the first woman elected Judge in the Rio Grande Valley and the third Hispanic woman elected Judge of a Court of Record in the State of Texas. “I have been fortunate in that the voters have always supported me in all my judicial elections with margins of over 63%. As this campaign progresses, I look forward to meeting with many of you personally as I travel the counties I hope to serve, “ Leticia Hinojosa said

     “With over 30 years of legal experience as a Judge and an Attorney, she is prepared and qualified to serve the 20 counties that make up the 13th District, as an Appellate Judge,” said former District Judge Honorable Fernando Mancias.

     Ms. Hinojosa has represented many American and international companies in legal matters.  As an appellate judge, this experience will serve as a tremendous asset to her in making decisions that affect the business community.

Leadership Training
• Leadership Texas – Class of 1994
• Harvard Law School – Executive Training, Boston, Mass. – 1991
• Center for Creative Leadership, San Antonio, Texas – July, 1991
• National Hispana Leadership Institute – 1990 to 1991
• Leadership McAllen – 1987
Professional Activities
• State Bar of Texas Appointee to the Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law – 2006 to 2008
• Texas Supreme Court Appointee to the Board of Law Examiners; Duties: Determining the fitness of law school applicants to study law – 1993
• American Bar Association – Member of Committee on Judicial Selection, Tenure and Compensation and Committee of the Courts and Community
• National Association of Women Judges – 1993 to Present
• Hidalgo County Women’s Bar Association; Founding Member and Past President – 1992 to Present
• Hidalgo County Bar Association; Positions held: Secretary and member of the Board of Directors – January, 1984 to Present
• Texas State Bar Young Lawyers Association; Position held: Member of the Board of Directors for Hidalgo County Chapter
• Texas State Bar Section on Concerns of the Spanish-Speaking; Position held: Treasurer – 1982 to 1984

40.
Years
Legal
Experience

Great Experience

     Justice Leticia Hinojosa was the first woman appointed elected Judge in South Texas and the third Hispanic woman elected Judge in the State of Texas. She has served with distinction as a County Court at Law Judge, a State District Court Judge, and now as Justice on the 13th Courts of Appeals. The citizens of the State of Texas have elected her in every judicial race and she has won every judicial poll taken by the State Bar of Texas.
     Justice Hinojosa was born in Brownsville, Texas, and graduated from Homer Hanna High School in 1975. After graduation from High School, she attended the University of Texas at Austin graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Government in December of 1978. Justice Hinojosa also attended the University of Texas Law School where she received her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree in May of 1981. She was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in November 1981 at the age of twenty-three.
Justice Hinojosa began her legal career as a Reginald Heber Smith Fellow doing public interest litigation for two years in Austin, Texas. Upon completion of the Fellowship, she moved back to South Texas and was a partner at various law firms heading up the firms’ litigation divisions doing civil defense, family law, and commercial litigation.
      In 1989, Justice Hinojosa was appointed and subsequently elected Judge of County Court at Law #4. She served 2 terms.
     In 1996, she was elected Judge for the 139th Judicial District Court. She served two terms as District Judge and then stepped down to practice law.
     In 2016 she was elected Justice of the 13th Court of Appeals, Place 3, and took office on January 1, 2017. During her tenure, the Court as a whole has met and often exceeded all measures as set by the Texas Supreme Court. Justice Hinojosa is most proud that none of the opinions that she has authored have been overturned or reversed by the Texas Supreme Court.
     Justice Hinojosa has served as a member and on boards of numerous legal and community organizations. She is especially proud of her work with Texas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), where she served as a member of the State Board of CASA and was instrumental in the establishment of CASA in Hidalgo County. By the age of thirty-five, she was recognized by Governor Ann Richards for her lifetime commitment to her community by receiving the Governor’s “Back to the People” Award.

Leadership Training
• Leadership Texas – Class of 1994
• Harvard Law School – Executive Training, Boston, Mass. – 1991
• Center for Creative Leadership, San Antonio, Texas – July, 1991
• National Hispana Leadership Institute – 1990 to 1991
• Leadership McAllen – 1987
Professional Activities
• State Bar of Texas Appointee to the Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law – 2006 to 2008
• Texas Supreme Court Appointee to the Board of Law Examiners; Duties: Determining the fitness of law school applicants to study law – 1993
• American Bar Association – Member of Committee on Judicial Selection, Tenure and Compensation and Committee of the Courts and Community
• National Association of Women Judges – 1993 to Present
• Hidalgo County Women’s Bar Association; Founding Member and Past President – 1992 to Present
• Hidalgo County Bar Association; Positions held: Secretary and member of the Board of Directors – January, 1984 to Present
• Texas State Bar Young Lawyers Association; Position held: Member of the Board of Directors for Hidalgo County Chapter
• Texas State Bar Section on Concerns of the Spanish-Speaking; Position held: Treasurer – 1982 to 1984

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Community Service

Member of the McAllen Evening Rotary
Texas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates); Member of the State Board of CASA and instrumental in the establishment of CASA in Hidalgo County
Girl Scouts Board of Directors
Leadership McAllen Board of Directors
Texas Council on Family Violence
Hidalgo County Child Welfare Board of Directors
Past Vice President and President of the Advisory Board to the Hidalgo County Child Protective Services concerning the protection of abused and neglected children of Hidalgo County
Texas Rural Legal Aid Board of Directors - 1986 to 1990 Past President of the Board. Non-profit corporation created to provide legal services for the poor of the rural areas of Texas including Hidalgo County
Hidalgo County Pro Bono Project; Volunteer attorney to provide free legal services to the poor of Hidalgo County
Weslaco Chamber of Commerce
Weslaco ISD Vocational Advisory Committee; Advisor to students interested in pursuing careers in the legal field
Pharr Chamber of Commerce - Adopt a Student Program
Annie's List; Prior member of the State Board of Annie's List
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Legal Experience

2004 - 2016
General Civil Litigation

Attorney, Law Office of Leticia Hinojosa
Edinburg, Texas March, 2004 - December 2016

1987 - 1989
Partner - General Practitioner with focus on Litigation & Municipal Court Prosecutor

Attorney, Law Offices of Lauderdale & Vela
Weslaco, Texas April, 1987 to March, 1989

1981 - 1993
Partner - General Practitioner

Attorney, Law Offices of Cardenas & Hinojosa
Weslaco, Texas - January, 1984 to April, 1987

1981 - 1993
Public Interest Litigation

Fellow of the Reginald Heber Smith Fellowship - Legal Aid Society of Central Texas
Austin, Texas - August, 1981 to December, 1993

Honor & Awards

This morning I received the wonderful news that I won the non-partisan bar poll by more than a 4 to 1 margin against both individuals that are seeking to challenge me in November. - by State Bar of Texas 2022 Judicial Poll

Hispanic women making history Recipient, Judge Leticia Hinojosa 

Recipient of the Distinguished Woman’s Award given by the RGV Hispanic Chamber

Recipient of the Hispanic Women making History Award given by the Hispanic Women Network of Texas

Recipient of the Reynaldo Garza Lifetime Achievement Award given by the State Bar of Texas

Honorary Guest at the Annual CASA Gala for outstanding work in establishing the program in Hidalgo County which has been a strong advocate for children in Foster Care

Recipient of the Public Service Award, Governor Ann Richard's "Back to the People" award for Outstanding Volunteer Services

Selected to Participate in National Hispano Leadership Institute

Named Outstanding Professional Woman of the Year by the Business & Professional Woman's Club of McAllen

Honored by Women Together (program for battered women) for outstanding contribution to the organization

This morning I received the wonderful news that I won the non-partisan bar poll by more than a 4 to 1 margin against both individuals that are seeking to challenge me in November. - by State Bar of Texas 2022 Judicial Poll

Hispanic women making history Recipient, Judge Leticia Hinojosa 

Recipient of the Distinguished Woman’s Award given by the RGV Hispanic Chamber

Recipient of the Hispanic Women making History Award given by the Hispanic Women Network of Texas

Recipient of the Reynaldo Garza Lifetime Achievement Award given by the State Bar of Texas

Honorary Guest at the Annual CASA Gala for outstanding work in establishing the program in Hidalgo County which has been a strong advocate for children in Foster Care

Recipient of the Public Service Award, Governor Ann Richard's "Back to the People" award for Outstanding Volunteer Services

Selected to Participate in National Hispano Leadership Institute

Named Outstanding Professional Woman of the Year by the Business & Professional Woman's Club of McAllen

Honored by Women Together (program for battered women) for outstanding contribution to the organization

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