From Texas Public Radio:
When Judge Antonia Arteaga was elected to a state district court in Bexar County, she was the only Latina wearing the robes in the civil courts there.
“Oh, wow. Things are so different than they were in 2009. Two of my first four years, I was the only Latina here,” she said.
But that was 15 years ago, and the story is very different now.
“Now we have 14 civil district courts. And as of Jan. 1, 13 of those 14 courts will have a woman presiding — Latinas presiding,” she said.
While only a handful of women were judges the year Arteaga was elected — now the roles are reversed — and more that 92% of all state district and appellate judges in Bexar County are women. Bexar County leads the trend that has been sweeping the state’s largest counties.
“I think that says a lot about where we live the community we live in and now that the face of the judiciary looks more like community we live in,” she said.