Doris Garza

Green Faces Lots of Competition for Texas Supreme Court

Dori C. Garza
Dori C. GarzaJustice Dori Contreras Garza was born in San Juan, Texas. She was raised in Pharr, Texas and graduated from PSJA High School in 1976. After graduation, she moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas from which she received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting in December of 1980. In response to a job offer, Justice Garza moved to Houston, Texas and worked as an accountant for several years before deciding to go to law school. In 1987, as a mother of two daughters, she began law school in the night program at the University of Houston Law Center and continued working full-time. She continued with this rigorous schedule for a year and one-half before deciding to quit her job and borrow the needed funds to attend school full time. A year and one-half later, in May of 1990, she received her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree. Justice Garza was active in various organizations in law school and was recognized as one of six students to receive the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Houston Law Center. She was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in November of 1990.


Justice Garza began her legal career in Houston working as an associate for Thomas N. Thurlow and Associates. In 1991, she moved to San Antonio and began employment with the Law Offices of Frank Herrera. After one year, she transferred to the McAllen branch office which she managed until 1997. In that year, she became a partner in a civil trial firm that litigated and tried state and federal court cases. Justice Garza also formed a mediation practice in 1997 which she ran concurrently with her law practice. She was elected to the Thirteenth Court of Appeals in 2002 and was re-elected in 2008 and 2014. In 2010, Justice Garza was one of three recommended by the Texas congressional delegation for nomination by the White House to a United States District Court seat in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Before joining the court, Justice Garza served as President of the Hidalgo County Bar Association; was a board member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association; and, served on the board of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

Justice Garza has served as a member and on boards of numerous legal and social organizations. Throughout her legal career, Justice Garza has lectured at continuing legal education programs around the state and country. She enjoys speaking to students at local schools and serving as a role model to the young women in her community. Justice Garza is an active member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in McAllen. When she is not busy with her family or her job, she enjoys running, exercising, reading, watching movies, traveling and socializing with friends.

Justice Garza has three children and three grandchildren. Lisette Marie Howard is a graduate of Texas A&M University and has a Master’s degree from the University of North Texas. Vanessa Barry graduated summa cum laude from UT Pan American and is employed as the Senior Director of  Marketing, Communications, and Community Engagement for IDEA Public Schools in San Antonio. Michael James Garza, Jr. attends the University of Texas-San Antonio. Justice Garza has three grandchildren, Aidan Scott, Addison Marie Howard, and Caroline Grace Barry.


  • BBA Accounting University of Texas at Austin — December 1980
  • Juris Doctorate University of Houston Law Center — May 1990


  • Justice, 13th Court of Appeals 2003 to present
  • Partner, Michael J. Garza & Dori Contreras Garza 1997 – 2002
  • Owner, Professional Dispute Resolution 1997 – 2002
  • Associate, Law Offices of Frank Herrera 1992 – 1997
  • Associate, Thomas N. Thurlow & Associates 1990 – 1992
  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Member, State Bar College
  • Board Member, Texas Judicial Foundation
  • Member, Hidalgo County, Cameron County and Corpus Christi Bar Associations
  • Member, Hidalgo County Women’s Bar Section
  • Member, National Hispanic Bar Association
  • Past Member, Mexican American Bar Association of Texas
  • Past Member, National Association of Women Judges
  • Past Board Member, Texas Center for the Judiciary
  • Past President, Hidalgo County Bar Association
  • Past Board Member, Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Past Board Member, Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Past Member, Administration of Rules of Evidence Committee


  • Presenter, CCBA Advanced Civil Trial Law Seminar 2011
  • Co-Course Director, Soaking Up Some CLE 2010
  • Panel Member, Strategies for Damages and Attorneys’ Fees 2010
  • Presenter, State Bar of Texas Minority Attorney Program 2009
  • Co-Course Director, Soaking Up Some CLE 2009
  • Presenter, CCBA Advanced Civil Trial Law Seminar 2008
  • Presenter, CCBA Advanced Appellate Law Seminar 2008
  • Presenter, 30th Annual Advanced Civil Trial Course 2007
  • Presenter, CCBA Advanced Civil Trial Law Seminar 2007
  • Presenter, CCBA Advanced Civil Appellate Law Seminar 2006
  • Presenter, Conference on State and Federal Appeals 2004
  • Presenter, ATLA Expert Testimony with Eye on Appellate Record 2003
  • Presenter, TTLA Hot Tips for Hot Times 2000
  • Presenter, HCBA Applying the New Rules of Civil Discovery 1998
  • Presenter, ATLA Trucking Litigation 1995
  • Presenter, TTLA Handling Bias, Prejudice & Hostile Environments 1993
  • Author, Creating a History for the Future, Texas Bar Journal 1992
  • Distinguished Service Award, University of Houston Law Center 1990


  • Board member, Chair 2011-2013, Good Samaritan Community Services-RGV
  • Board member, Comfort House Services
  • Board Member, Fiesta Marathon and Half Marathon
  • Member, Hidalgo County Texas Democratic Women
  • Life Member, University of Texas Ex-Students’ Association
  • Past Board member, St. John’s Episcopal Day School, President, 2009-2010
  • Frequent volunteer, St. John’s Episcopal Church and School
  • Frequent speaker at various schools in community
  • Volunteer, Fiesta Marathon and Half Marathon
  • AVANCE Mother of the Year 2005
  • Good Samaritan Award, Good Samaritan Community Services RGV, 2014
  • Woman of Distinction, Rio Grande Valley Chamber of Commerce


Justice Paul Green was elected to the Supreme Court of Texas in 2004. He was reelected in 2010. And Justice Green won the 2016

Justice Paul Green

Republican primary with 52% of the vote. Before joining the Court, he served for 10 years as a Justice on the Fourth Court of Appeals in San Antonio.

Justice Paul GreenA native of San Antonio, Justice Green received his business degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1974 and his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 1977. After law school, Justice Green, a third-generation lawyer, joined his father in a mid-sized litigation practice and remained there for 17 years until he was elected to the Court of Appeals in 1994.

During his career as a lawyer, Justice Green served as president of the San Antonio Bar Association, director of the State Bar of Texas, and as a member of the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association.

He is a member of The American Law Institute and the American Judicature Society and is also a Life Fellow of the Austin, San Antonio, Texas and American Bar Foundations.

Justice Green has been honored by St. Mary’s University Law School as a distinguished law graduate, and as a recipient of the Rosewood Gavel Award for achievement in the judiciary.

  • Constitutional Conservative
  • Life Member of the NRA
  • Eagle Scout



Tom Oxford
Tom Oxford

Tom Oxford has practiced law in Beaumont, Texas for 34 years.  He is the Managing Attorney for the firm of Waldman Smallwood.  Tom Oxford’s bio can be found by clicking here.  That bio is duplicated below:

As the Managing Attorney with the firm of Waldman Smallwood I enjoy practicing in the areas of personal injury, civil rights, and immigration.

I was born July 7, 1956 at Travis Air Force Base in California. My family soon moved to Roy, Utah, a small community at the foot of the Rocky Mountains where I spent my formative years. After my father retired from the Air Force, we returned to our roots in Texas. I graduated from L.D. Bell High School in Hurst, Texas, received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Texas in 1979 and my Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston College of Law in 1982.

My beautiful wife Elsa and I reside near Fannett, TX. I have five wonderful children, Brett, Ryan, Samantha, Joshua and Emma. Much of my personal time is spent working with my children.

I chose to practice law because of the ability of our legal system to equalize the playing field between those with great power and influence and those without. Remembering those goals, I had the pleasure of managing a nonprofit legal aid office for ten years where I represented low income Texans in a wide variety of civil legal matters. I continue to keep that goal in mind in my position as the managing attorney with the firm of Waldman Smallwood as we represent injured parties in their disputes with the insurance industry and others.

I am licensed to practice before the State Courts of Texas, United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of Texas, and United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. I am a member of the State Bar College and the Texas Trial Lawyer Association. In addition to significant work at the trial court level I have had the pleasure of successfully representing clients before both the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans and the Texas Supreme Court.

Past Candidate for Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court I continue to be politically active.  I also support the rights of the less fortunate to full access to the courts.  I participate in the Jefferson County Pro Bono Program and am the supervising attorney for the local Catholic Charities Immigration Project.

Both the Firm and I look forward to many years of successfully representing good people injured by the wrongful acts of others.

Charles Waterbury

Charles Waterbury
Charles Waterbury

Q: What office are you thinking of running for?
A: Texas Supreme Court Place 5

Q: Of the Green Party’s ten key values, please list the three you feel are the most important and what relevance they offer to Texas voters.
A: Decentralization: For Texas voters this means respecting the verdicts of juries who actually hear a case rather than having a Supreme Court, run by insurance companies, substituting the result that better suits the insurance companies. Respect for Diversity: Texans benefit when ALL groups/opinions/beliefs have a robust exchange. Only through the exchange of competing beliefs can we achieve a better Texas. Grassroots Democracy: Texans are best served when the democratic process isn’t dictated by the special interests of any one party/group.

Q: What is your experience with the consensus decision-making process?
A: It is the best way to insure that as many views as are feasible can be represented in a final decision and thus as a general rule benefits the most people.

Q: Do you believe Greens have relevance in the USA? Please list why you believe/don’t believe a third party possesses relevance in the US electoral system.
A: My race is State based. I confine my response to Texas. Texans benefit if/when different political views are represented by multiple parties. Multi-party democracy in Texas is vital though one must take the long view on this.