Houston Woman is First Hispanic Female Texas Supreme Court Justice
by: Laurie Johnson, October 8, 2009 8:10:12 pm
More than a hundred people crammed into the library of Stephen F Austin High School to see the first Hispanic
woman be appointed to the Texas Supreme Court.
Eva Guzman will fill the position vacated by former Justice Scott Brister, who stepped down last month.
"I directed my team to take the usual approach — find the best, most principled Texas jurist out there and get him, or her, on the bench."
And Perry says that person turned out to be Guzman. She has served as a judge for more than a decade, starting in the Harris County Family Court before being appointed as an associate justice on the 14th Court of Appeals.
She pledges to strengthen faith in the state's courts and the rule of law.
"This is a special day and this is a special place. Governor Perry and I chose this location, Austin High School, because in many ways this is where my journey began. For me, this place is symbolic. It's a strong reminder of the power of big dreams, hard work and good choices."
Guzman is a graduate of South Texas College of Law and an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law School.
Her seat on the appellate court is now open and Governor Perry is expected to appoint someone to fill her vacated term.
Laurie Johnson. KUHF-Houston Public Radio News.