Justice Luz Elena D. Chapa was elected to serve on the Fourth Court of Appeals effective January 1, 2013, and is currently the youngest sitting Hispanic Justice in the State of Texas. Between college and law school, she headed to Capitol Hill, where she interned for US Congressman Lloyd Doggett and worked for the late US Congressman Frank Tejeda. Prior to taking the bench, she practiced for over twelve years on both sides of the civil docket with a concentration in products liability litigation. Justice Chapa is a member of various organizations, an inductee of the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame, serves as a mentor and board member of The Healy Murphy Center and board member of Center for Family Relations, Children’s Ballet of San Antonio, St. Mary’s University Law Alumni Association and St. Mary’s Hispanic Law Alumni Association.
Raised in El Paso, Justice Chapa pursued her secondary education in San Antonio at St. Mary’s University, where she received both her Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor. She is married to fellow lawyer, Miguel Chapa, and they have three children.