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Justice Dori Garza Receives Good Samaritan Award


ustice Dori Contreras Garza was awarded the “Good Samaritan

Award” from the Rio Grande Valley Good Samaritan Community

Services (GSCS-RGV) organization in Pharr, Texas on September 9th,

2014. Justice Garza, a Justice on the Thirteenth Court of Appeals, is

a former member of the GSCS-RGV Advisory Board.

“Throughout her life, Justice Garza has served as a role model to so many,”

GSCS CEO Jill Oettinger said. “She is extremely dedicated to improving her

community and passionate about helping others. She is a natural choice for this

year’s award.”


Justice Garza is a graduate of PSJA High School, the University of Texas, and the University of Houston Law

Center. She was elected to the Thirteenth Court of Appeals in 2002 and re-elected in 2008. 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.

She has three children and three grandchildren.





Texas Center Traffic Safety Grant Program’s Spotlight on Success Awards


he Texas Center’s Traffic Safety Grant

Program presented the third annual

Spotlight on Success Awards at the 2015

DWI Court TeamConference. Theseawards

recognized the efforts of two outstanding

DWI Court team members and an exemplary DWI

Court program. Ms. Shannon Adams, Community

Supervision Officer, McLennan County CSCD, and Ms.

Bernadette Hernandez-Haby, Harris County Assistant

District Attorney, were both honored with Spotlight

on Success Outstanding Team Member awards. Ms.

Adams and Ms. Hernandez-Haby were nominated by

multiple members of their respective teams based

on their hard work and dedication to their DWI Court

programs. The Comal County Accountability Court, led

by Judge Randy Gray, was honored with the Spotlight

on Success Outstanding Team award.


Award winners, left to right: Ms. Shannon Adams, Hon. Randy Gray, Ms.

Bernadette Hernandez-Haby