Judge Maria Salas Mendoza

Judge Maria Salas Mendoza Government Judge of the 120th District Court

* 2015 Outstanding Jurist, presented by the El Paso Young Lawyers Association

* 2014 Pathfinder, presented by Texas Women Lawyers

* 2013 Outstanding Jurist, presented by the El Paso Paralegal Association

* Fellow, Advanced Science and Technology Adjudication Resource (ASTAR) curriculum, presented by ASTAR Executive Board by chair Robert M.

Bell (ret. Chief Judge)

* Presidential Commendation, Certificate of Special Competence at Texas College of Judicial Studies, presented by State Bar of Texas

* 2012 Border Hero, presented by Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center

* Chairโ€™s Award of Excellence for Outstanding Service to the Judiciary, presented by Chair Justice Gina P. Benavides, Texas Center for the Judiciary

* Reynaldo G. Garz

Bell (ret. Chief Judge)

* Presidential Commendation, Certificate of Special Competence at Texas College of Judicial Studies, presented by State Bar of Texas

* 2012 Border Hero, presented by Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center

* Chairโ€™s Award of Excellence for Outstanding Service to the Judiciary, presented by Chair Justice Gina P. Benavides, Texas Center for the Judiciary

* Reynaldo G. Garz

Operating as usual

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09/24/2021

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Excellent and timely CLE by the Hispanic Issues Section. Stellar panelists!

Free for members, but only $20 for non-members, but it comes with free $20 HIS membership!

09/21/2021

Thereโ€™s still time to register! Updated schedule available now. Earn up to 10.5 CLE credits! https://bit.ly/3EfH1d2
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09/18/2021

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Thank you to the Hispanic Issues Section!

#ElPasoStrong#RaiseTheBarArtist is El Paso lawyer Patrick Gabaldon
09/17/2021

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Artist is El Paso lawyer Patrick Gabaldon

Did you know that the first Mexican-American mayor of a major city (El Paso) was Raymond Telles? He was also the first Hispanic appointed as a U.S. ambassador. Come learn about Hispanic 1sts while helping your neighbors impacted by COVID-19. GabaldonArt

#HispanicHeritageMonth

https://www.teajf.org/donate/LawTeria.aspx

Photos from Hispanic Issues Section's post
09/15/2021

Photos from Hispanic Issues Section's post

09/15/2021

The Texas Access to Justice Foundation was created by an order of the Supreme Court of Texas We appreciate the Court's support and have had committed and dedicated ATJ liaisons throughout TAJF's existence.

One of those committed liasions was Justice Eva Guzman. Justice Guzman will be one of the highlighted Hispanic 1sts during "Law"Teria being sponsored by the Hispanic Issues Section! Justice Guzman, who has the heart of a public servant, was the first Hispanic woman to serve on the Texas Supreme Court. #HispanicHeritageMonth

Join us for "Law"Teria!
https://www.teajf.org/donate/LawTeria.aspx

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09/15/2021

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The Texas Access to Justice Foundation was created by an order of the Supreme Court of Texas We appreciate the Court's support and have had committed and dedicated ATJ liaisons throughout TAJF's existence.

One of those committed liasions was Justice Eva Guzman. Justice Guzman will be one of the highlighted Hispanic 1sts during "Law"Teria being sponsored by the Hispanic Issues Section! Justice Guzman, who has the heart of a public servant, was the first Hispanic woman to serve on the Texas Supreme Court. #HispanicHeritageMonth

Join us for "Law"Teria!
https://www.teajf.org/donate/LawTeria.aspx

09/14/2021

Join us for LawTeria on Diez Y Seis and learn about Hispanic 1sts, including Judge Alcala who was the 1st Latina to serve on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. GabaldonArt

https://www.teajf.org/donate/LawTeria.aspx

09/14/2021

The Texas Council of Chiefs has named Chief Justice Dori Contreras as its Chair for the next two-year term (2021-2023). Chief Justice Contreras has served on the Thirteenth Court of Appeals for nineteen years and is in her third year as Chief of the Court. She is the first woman and Latina to serve as Chief Justice on the Thirteenth Court of Appeals. She, likewise, is the first Latina to serve as Chair of the Council.

โ€œI am honored to support the Texas Council of Chiefs as Chair for the next two years,โ€ said Chief Justice Contreras. โ€œThroughout my career, I have always served in volunteer capacities on various boards for professional and community organizations. I look forward to offering my expertise and perspective to the Council as we discuss the implications of the latest and upcoming legislative sessions along with everyday administrative challenges.โ€

The Texas Council of Chiefs is composed of the Chiefs of the fourteen intermediate appellate courts in Texas. The Council meets every other month in Austin to review, and discuss the administration of the courts, addressing issues pertaining to the courtsโ€™ budgets, technology, legislation, and miscellaneous other matters. The Council improves the organization and operation of appellate state courts and judicial systems through the collaboration among the Chief Justices. Chief Justice Contreras also serves on the Executive Committee of the Council of Chief Judges of the State Courts of Appeal (the national organization) and as its Membership Committee Chair.

โ€œI was proud to nominate Chief Justice Contreras as Chair,โ€ said James Worthen, Chief Justice of the Twelfth Court of Appeals in Tyler. โ€œHer nineteen years of experience as an appellate justice and three years as Chief will provide valuable insight to our Council.โ€

She succeeds Chief Justice Bonnie Sudderth of the Second Court of Appeals.

โ€œI am delighted to turn over the gavel to Chief Justice Contreras with the confidence that it is being placed in such capable hands. During the next two years Chief Justice Contreras will, no doubt, serve our Council with the same dedication and professionalism that she brings to the Thirteenth Court every day,โ€ said Chief Justice Sudderth.

Chief Justice Contreras begins her term immediately.

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09/13/2021

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LawTeria will lift up some Hispanic 1sts, including Judge Reynaldo Garza---The first Mexican-American appointed to a federal court when appointed in 1961 by President Kennedy to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. So proud for him, for Texas and for this country! GabaldonArt

Still time to join us for LawTeria!

https://www.teajf.org/donate/LawTeria.aspx

09/11/2021

Borderland Teen Court at Law Day 2021

Senator Zaffirini has been a great supporter of the Hispanic Issues Section and NAWJ. With NAWJ, Texas Women Judges were...
09/10/2021

Senator Zaffirini has been a great supporter of the Hispanic Issues Section and NAWJ. With NAWJ, Texas Women Judges were honored by a resolution Judith Zaffirini, Texas State Senator sponsored.

Thank you Senator Judith Zaffirini, one of Legislative Hero Award honorees, for her commitment and passion for access to justice. Learn more about her work and accomplishments at LawTeria next week! https://teajf.org/donate/LawTeria.aspx

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09/09/2021

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Silent Auction in conjunction with "Law"Teria: A signed print of "Los Piscadores" from one of America's premier artists---Jesse Trevino. This print was graciously donated by Judge Juan F. Vasquez and Mary Theresa Vasquez.

To bid on this item, submit an email bid to: [email protected]

09/09/2021

I am announcing my campaign for Re-election. I have served our community since 2007, have been Administrative District Judge, served on the Purchasing Board and currently am presiding officer of the Bail Bond Board.

With Judge Diane Navarrette, I oversee the Womenโ€™s Addiction and Recovery (WAR) Treatment Court.

I hope I can count on your support.

09/03/2021

Meet Judge Maria Salas-Mendoza our MAKING JEFA MOVES Chingona speaker.

๐˜พ๐™ƒ๐™„๐™‰๐™‚๐™Š๐™‰๐˜ผ / ๐™˜๐™๐™š๐™š๐™ฃโ€ข๐™œลโ€ข๐™ฃรก/ (๐™‰๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฃ) ๐˜ผ๐™ฃ ๐™–๐™ฌ๐™š๐™จ๐™ค๐™ข๐™š, ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ก๐™ก๐™ž๐™œ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ, ๐™–๐™ข๐™—๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ช๐™จ, ๐™จ๐™ ๐™ž๐™ก๐™ก๐™š๐™™ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™›๐™š๐™–๐™ง๐™ก๐™š๐™จ๐™จ ๐™ข๐™ช๐™Ÿ๐™š๐™ง (๐™ฌ๐™ค๐™ข๐™–๐™ฃ).

Judge Maria Salas Mendoza currently serves on the councils for the Judicial, Hispanic Issues and Women and the Law Sections of the State Bar of Texas and is a board advisor to Texas Women Lawyers. Judge Salas-Mendoza oversees the Womenโ€™s Addiction and Recovery Treatment Court and is devoted to community service including mentoring students of all ages and the numerous projects of her Lions Club. She is a member of many other committees, including the Harvard Schools and Scholarship Committee. She has won numerous awards, most recently the New Voices in Leadership, Lions Club International, awarded in January 2019, the 2017 Outstanding Jurist Award presented by the El Paso Paralegal Association, the 2017 McDonaldโ€™s Hispanos Triunfadores Award in Government Service, and the 2016 Phillips Brooks House Association, Outstanding Alumna Award, to name a few.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with us!
ยกSi Se Puede! - National Chingona Conference
September 15, 2021
10:30 am- 2:00 pm (MST)
(In Person and Virtual Event)

Click below to purchase your ticket!๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ๐ŸŽŸ
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09/02/2021

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Join us for LawTeria! Have fun and raise money to help legal aid serve those impacted by the pandemic!

Patrick Gabaldon, El Paso lawyer and artist, has created cards of Hispanic leaders who will be part of the deck. Come learn about those leaders, including the incomparable Cesar Chavez!

There is still time to sponsor, donate or buy a tabla!

https://www.teajf.org/donate/LawTeria.aspx

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09/01/2021

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Join us for LawTeria! A dozen of the cards will be dedicated to Latino 1sts; images created by El Paso lawyer and artist Patrick Gabaldon! Have fun, learn about the contributions of Latinos and help those impacted by this historic pandemic. Sponsor, buy a tabla or donate for this FUNdraiser! This Latina first is on the US Supreme Court! GabaldonArt

https://www.teajf.org/donate/LawTeria.aspx

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08/26/2021

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Thank you San Antonio Bar Foundation for sponsoring "Law"teria at the Supporter level.
It's not too late to join our sponsor list for the Sept. 16 event, see: https://www.teajf.org/donate/LawTeria.aspx

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08/23/2021

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08/20/2021

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Texas Supreme Court Justice Rebeca Aizpuru Huddle will be a celebrity caller for "LawTeria" being hosted by the Texas Access to Justice Foundation and Hispanic Issues Section of the State Bar of Texas and sponsored by Chamberlain Hrdlicka. All proceeds from this virtual event support legal services to vulnerable Texans impacted by the pandemic.

You can sponsor, give a donation, or donate to play on Diez Y Seis!

https://www.teajf.org/donate/LawTeria.aspx

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08/20/2021

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Our "LawTeria" Committee members Veronica Legarreta and Betty Balli Torres are working on fabulous door prizes. We cannot wait to check out this beautiful Consuela bag and Kendra Scott jewelry.

You can support legal aid for those impacted by the pandemic by becoming a sponsor or buying a "tabla" for the event and maybe just maybe you walk away with one of the amazing door prizes!

https://www.teajf.org/donate/LawTeria.aspx

08/11/2021
#TLJTogetherAtLast
07/30/2021

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Our first membership meeting was described as full of energy and judges expressed their gratitude and their desire to contribute their time and support. We outlined the projects planned for the upcoming year and we are delighted to collaborate, in the interest of justice, inclusion, and equality.

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"Everyone is equal before the bench because everyone is equal before the law."

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05/14/2021

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05/08/2021

Law Day Dinner and Awards recipients

05/06/2021
05/06/2021

We are delighted to introduce Texas Latinx Judges.

A nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that empowers Latinx judges in Texas, Texas Latinx Judges is an organization long overdue.

05/06/2021

We are delighted to introduce Texas Latinx Judges.

A nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that empowers Latinx judges in Texas, Texas Latinx Judges is an organization long overdue.

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05/04/2021
Cinco de Mรบsica

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A fundraising event featuring musical performances by Hispanic persons in the legal profession. This event will also feature work of the ABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities to raise awareness and funds for the Commission.

Timeline Photos
05/02/2021

Timeline Photos

Today marks the 50th Anniversary of โ€œHernรกndez v. Texas,โ€ a landmark United States Supreme Court case that decided that Mexican-Americans and all other racial groups in the U.S. had equal protection under the 14th Amendment.

Pete Hernandez, a Mexican-American agricultural worker, was convicted of murder in Jackson County, Texas. Hernandezโ€™s defense worked to demonstrate that the jury hearing his case could not be impartial unless member of non-Caucasian races were allowed on the jury-selecting committee. After many appeals, the case eventually came before the U.S. Supreme Court where the Court unanimously ruled in favor of Hernandez and that he be retried with a jury composed without regard to ethnicity.

This ruling was a step forward in the Civil Rights Movement.

04/30/2021

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Happy Birthday!!! Hope you have a wonderful day today!!!๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‚
We delivered the clothes collected by the El Paso Executive Women Lions Club and the El Paso Association of Legal Professionals to the H.O.P.E Institute on October 7th. The best part was meeting Hope Jackson, whose divine inspiration has led her to establish this tremendous resource for female homeless veterans.
Over a decade ago, the El Paso Women's Bar Association began its Positive Role Model Program at Aoy Elementary. The program brings 30 fifth graders to the courthouse once a month where they meet positive role models and learn about various careers in law. I started a second program with Burleson Elementary about 6 years ago. I love the first session when they meet the staff of the court and try out my chair.