Personal Profile

Full Name Eva Guzman
Age 57
Race Hispanic
Education B.B.A., University of Houston; J.D., South Texas College of Law
Spouse: Antonio R. Guzman
Religion Methodist

Justice Eva Guzman was appointed to the Texas Supreme Court October 8, 2009, by Texas Gov. Rick Perry. She previously served as an associate justice on the Houston-based Texas Fourteenth Court of Appeals after Perry appointed her to that post in 2001. She previously served on the Harris County Family Court.

Guzman disposed of more than 5000 cases in three years on the trial court bench. Since her elevation to the appellate bench in 2001, she has ruled on more than 2000 civil and criminal appeals and original proceedings and authored hundreds of published opinions.

She has been recognized for her service to the judicial system by the Hispanic National Bar Association, who awarded Guzman as the “Latina Judge of the Year.” The Mexican American Bar Association of Texas Foundation has also recognized Guzman with its “2009 Judge of the Year award.”

The local law enforcement organizations, P.O.L.I.C.E., Inc. and the Houston Police Officers Union, selected Guzman as “Appellate Judge of the Year” in prior years. She holds memberships in a number of professional organizations and is an elected member of the American Law Institute and a former board member of the Garland Walker American Inns of Court. Guzman has twice received the Houston Bar Association’s “President’s Award for Outstanding Committee Service.” In 2009, she was appointed to the Supreme Court of Texas Advisory Committee. She is also an adjunct faculty member of the University of Houston Law Center. She also serves as co-chairwoman of the Houston Bar Association’s Continuing Legal Education Committee and as a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum,

Before taking the bench, Guzman enjoyed a successful 10-year career in private law practice. She holds a B.B.A. from the University of Houston and a law degree from South Texas College of Law. Though born in Chicago, Guzman grew up in Houston and has been a resident for more than 35 years. She and her husband, Houston Police Sergeant Tony Guzman, have one daughter, Melanie Alexis.