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
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.