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EDINBURG – Judge Nereida Lopez-Singleterry announced that she will seek election for the Justice of the Thirteenth Court of Appeals, Place 6 position on the Texas primary ballot in March 2020. The bench was left vacant when Justice Dori Contreras was sworn into office as the Chief Justice of the Thirteenth Court of Appeals on January 1, 2019.
“It’s with great honor and pleasure that I seek election for the Court of Appeals and have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps and legacy of Justice Contreras. I have deep respect and admiration for her and all she has accomplished during her years of dedicated service to the Court,” said Judge Lopez-Singleterry.
Reflecting on her candidacy Judge Lopez-Singleterry says, “Experience matters and I believe my diverse and vast experience in the legal field, litigating and presiding over thousands of civil and criminal cases, gives me a well-rounded perspective that will serve me well as a 13th Court of Appeals justice. I will be honest and fair. I will treat all parties on appeal with dignity and respect. I understand that every one of my decisions will impact someone’s life.”
As both a litigator and judge, Judge Lopez-Singleterry has worked on cases pertaining to many phases of the law including family law, criminal law, personal injury and real estate transactions. “I have the strength, experience and energy to work hard and bring new perspective and insight for the people of Texas. I believe that these values make me the most qualified candidate to seek this position,” said Judge Lopez-Singleterry.
The 13th Court of Appeals hears criminal and civil matters that are appealed from the county and district courts throughout the 20 counties of South Texas and the coastal bend. With offices in Edinburg and Corpus Christi, these counties include: Aransas, Bee, Calhoun, Cameron, De Witt, Goliad, Gonzales, Hidalgo, Jackson, Kenedy, Kleberg, Lavaca, Live Oak, Matagorda, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Victoria, Wharton and Willacy.
In early 2017, Judge Lopez-Singleterry was appointed as the Associate Judge of the Title IV-D Court, Master Court 1 in Hidalgo County, with jurisdiction also in Starr and Jim Hogg Counties. The Title IV-D Court hears cases that the Texas Attorney General has provided services under Part D, Title IV of the Federal Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. § 651 et seq., which include locating an absent parent, determining parentage, or the establishment, modification, or enforcement of child support or medical support.
“Serving as a judge has fulfilled a life-long dream of mine, to continue to ensure that people’s rights are safeguarded and protected under the law,” said Judge Lopez-Singleterry. Before taking the bench Judge Lopez-Singleterry worked for the Hidalgo County Public Defender’s Office representing indigent individuals who cannot afford the legal services of an attorney. Judge Lopez-Singleterry also previously owned and operated a successful private practice representing clients in many aspects of the law. During that time, she also assisted the Texas Rio Grande Valley Legal Aid Private Involvement Project representing victims of domestic violence who did not have financial resources to hire legal counsel.
Judge Lopez-Singleterry continued to say, “My years of work in private practice, at the public defender’s office and assisting legal aid gave me many opportunities to give back of my time and experience for those in need. I have always respected the power of the court and will use my best judgment with caution and restraint to see that all parties are treated equally with dignity and respect.”
Judge Lopez-Singleterry has been practicing law since 2009 and is licensed by the Texas Bar Association. She graduated from the University of Texas Pan American with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. She received her Juris Doctor from Michigan State College of Law in 2008. She was elected President of the Hidalgo County Young Lawyers Association and has been a member of the State Bar of Texas Leadership Class, Hidalgo County Bar Association, Women’s Bar Association, Hidalgo County Criminal Law Association and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. She is married to Luis Manuel Singleterry and together have two beautiful children.
Judge Lopez-Singleterry will be on the ballot in March 2020 and intends to campaign in all 20 counties the remainder of the year through next spring. “I look forward to meeting the good people of South Texas and the coastal bend during my many travels,” said Judge Lopez-Singleterry.