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2020 Judicial Comparison
Texas Fourth Court of Appeals
Chief Justice




Rebeca C. Martinez
(Democrat)




Renee A. Yanta
(Republican)



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CAMPAIGN CONTACT

Justice Rebeca Martinez for Chief Justice
P.O. Box 831726
San Antonio, Texas 78283


Renée Yanta for Chief Justice
4811 Betty Lou Drive
San Antonio, Texas 78229
210-774-4088



CURRENT OCCUPATION

Justice
4th Court of Appeals
Place 7
2013-present


Owner/Attorney
Law Office of Renee Yanta PLLC
2019-present



UNDERGRAD SCHOOL/YEAR

Political Science, Criminal Justice & Philosophy
Southern Methodist University
1989


B.S., Education
University of Texas at Austin
1981



JURIS DOCTOR

Boston University School of Law
1992


St. Mary's University
School of Law
1993



YEAR STATE BAR LICENSURE

1993


1993



JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE - APPELLATE

Justice
Fourth Court of Appeals
Place 7
2013-present

Has authored over 600 opinions






JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE - OTHER




Judge
150th District Court
2015-2018
Founder and Presiding Judge of PEARLS/Foster Girls Court
2015-2018

Judge
73rd District Court
2010-2012



LEGAL EXPERIENCE - NONJUDICIAL

  • Attorney, Law Offices of Ramon Garcia, P.C. [Edinburg]
  • Associate Counsel; Thornton, Summers, Biechlin, Dunham Brown [Corpus Christi]
  • Clerk, U.S. Magistrate Judge Eduardo de Ases, U.S. Dist. Court, Southern District of Texas
  • Clerk, Justice Federico Hinojosa, Thirteenth Court of Appeals
  • Clerk; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo, P.C. [Boston]


  • 2019-present: Owner/Attorney, Law Office of Renee Yanta PLLC
  • 2013-14: Partner, Berine, Maynard & Parsons LLP
  • 2002-10: Shareholder, Head of Appellate Practice Group, Cox Smith Matthews Incorporated
  • 2002-09: President and Board Member, SABF
  • 1993-2002: Associate, Fulbright & Jaworski


BOARD CERTIFICATIONS




Civil Appellate Law



COURTS ADMITTED TO

  • All Texas state courts
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Dist. Court, Southern Dist. of Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Court, Western Dist. of Texas


  • All Texas state courts
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Dist. Court, Eastern Dist. of Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Court, Southern Dist. of Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Court, Western Dist. of Texas


HONORS & AWARDS

  • Faculty Award, Boston University School of Law


  • Super Lawyer (Appellate) (Texas Monthly) 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2014
  • Top Women Texas Super Lawyers (Texas Monthly) 2006
  • Rising Star (Appellate) (Texas Monthly) 2004
  • San Antonio’s Best Lawyers (Appellate) (SA Scene) 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
  • San Antonio Bar Association President’s Award for Service to the Bar 2004
  • Belva Lockwood Outstanding Woman Lawyer Award 2005
  • San Antonio Legal Secretary’s Boss of the Year 2009
  • San Antonio Women’s Chamber of Commerce Vision & Voice Award 2008
  • San Antonio Business Journal 2010 Women’s Leadership Award
  • Seton Home Motherhood Award 2018
  • THRU Project Honorary Chair Award 2018
  • BECOME Empowerment Award 2018
  • Alice Wright Franske Feminist Award 2019



PRIOR ELECTION RESULTS

2018 Texas General Election
Justice, 4th Court of Appeals District, Place 7
53.95% v. Shane J. Stolarczyk (R)

2012 Texas General Election
Justice, 4th Court of Appeals District, Place 7
51.87% v. Phylis J. Speedlin (R)

2010 Texas General Election
Justice, 4th Court of Appeals District
Place 2 -- Unexpired Term
43.89% v. Marialyn Barnard (R)

2018 Texas General Election
District Judge, 150th Judicial District
43.82% v. Monique Diaz (D)

2014 Texas General Election
District Judge, 150th Judicial District
54.05% v. Edna Elizondo (D)

2012 Texas General Election
District Judge, 73rd Judicial District
48.89% v. David A. Canales (D)

2010 Texas General Election
District Judge, 73rd Judicial District
55.73% v. Roberto Rios (D)



MOST RECENT BAR POLL RESULTS




Received 55% of the straw poll vote favoring selection for Chief Justice



KEY ENDORSEMENTS



      Texas Civil Justice League
      San Antonio Police Officers Association
      Pastors PAC
      Texas Alliance for Life
      National Federation of Independent Business
      Texas Family Action



    JUDICIAL PHILOSOPHY




    "My foundation has always been the principles of Micah 6:8: 'What is asked of us but to love mercy, do justice and walk humbly.' As Chief Justice, I will continue to rest on that foundation, treating all participants in the appellate process equally and with kindness and respect. I will apply the Rule of Law as written, with grace and civility. I will continue to tirelessly research and understand the law so opinions issued are correct and expeditiously decided. I will lead the Court as a servant first, creating consensus and collegiality among the members of the Court."


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        9/22/20



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        12/11/19


        9/22/20


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