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CHCI's Distinguished Alumnus to be Presented
During Opening Luncheon on September 11

Join CHCI and the CHCI Alumni Association in honoring an amazing Latina on Tuesday, September 11.  This honor will be presented during the Opening Luncheon entitled Latina Pioneers.  A pioneer herself, Judge Liza Rodriguez has spent her career representing the State of Texas and working tirelessly on behalf of victims of crime.  Secure your seat in this celebration.  Register now.

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2012 Distinguished Alumnus-Judge Liza Rodriguez-Duron

Judge Liza Rodriguez
Presiding Judge of County Court at Law #8


2012 Distinguished Alumnus Medallion of Excellence

The CHCI Alumni Association in pleased to announce that Judge Liza Rodriguez has been selected as the 2012 Distinguished Alumnus. 

Born and raised in Laredo, Texas, Judge Rodriguez is one of five children born to Abraham and Minerva Rodriguez.  Following graduation from J. W. Nixon High School in 1988, she attended Laredo Junior College where she obtained her Associate's degree while working part time at Webb County Title & Abstract Company and waitressing on the weekends at a local ice cream shop.  She was accepted as a Meadows Excellence in Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas, where she graduated with her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science with a minor in Communication & Public Address.  The summer after graduation, she was selected as one of sixteen graduate students nationwide to participate in the prestigious Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Fellowship.

As a CHCI 1993-94 Public Policy Fellow, Rodriguez lived in Washington, D.C. where she worked as a legislative analyst with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF).  Additionally, she volunteered at a number of organizations in the greater D.C. area.

Following her ten month fellowship, she returned to San Antonio to begin law school at St. Mary’s School of Law.  She graduated from law school and was licensed to practice law in 1997.  She worked briefly in the areas of Social Security and Worker’s Compensation before joining Bexar County as Assistant District Attorney.  She spent an impressive10 years at the D.A.’s office, where she prosecuted numerous cases from misdemeanor DWIs to felony murders.  She was assigned to the trial division for nine of the 10 years, spending her last year in the Family Justice Division, where she handled crimes against children.

She has worked tirelessly over the years representing the State of Texas, and victims of crime in court.  Additionally, she has enjoyed a strong partnership with various law enforcement agencies.  After leaving the District Attorney’s office, she was hired by the County Court at Law Judges as their Chief Administrator.  As Administrator, she was responsible for an over $7 million dollar budget, all projects involving the 15 County Courts, in addition to the Jail Court and Impact Courts.  She managed personnel issues, and worked closely with other County department heads to address the continuing issue of jail overcrowding.  She represented the County Court Judges at Commissioner’s Court and was responsible for monitoring and presenting legislation on behalf of the County Courts.

Judge Rodriguez was elected to the bench November of 2010 and began her tenure on January 1, 2011.  During her first year in office, she was asked to serve on the DWI Curriculum Committee of The Texas Center for the Judiciary, which serves as the primary source of judicial education for judges throughout the State.  Most recently, Judge Rodriguez has submitted a grant request to the Bureau of Justice Assistance for over $450,000 in order to establish a DWI Court which would provide specialized supervision for persons charged with a subsequent driving while intoxicated offense.   Her vision for County Court #8 involves focusing on alternatives to incarceration, expanding the existing Adult Drug Court program in order to address public safety concerns and increase accountability and continuing to run an efficient court treating all those who come before her with respect and dignity.

She is the proud mother of two children, Alina, who is ten, and Aiden, who is seven.  She enjoys volunteering at her children’s elementary school and is a volunteer soccer coach for her neighborhood association.

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