Texas Supreme Court Justice Visits Austin High in El Paso, Inspires Students

Texas Supreme Court Justice Visits Austin High in El Paso, Inspires Students
Photo courtesy of El Paso ISD

Texas Supreme Court Justice Rebeca Aizpuru Huddle returned to her alma mater, Austin High School, on Friday, February 2nd. Invited to address students in the Sandra Day O’Connor Criminal Justice and Public Service Academy, Huddle shared insights from her journey. Graduating from Austin High School in 1991, she spoke of her upbringing in El Paso and the influence of her family, particularly her mother, on her success. Having lost her father early in life, Huddle emphasized the value of hard work instilled by her mother.

Prior to her role on the Texas Supreme Court, Huddle served as a justice of the First Court of Appeals of Texas from 2011 to 2017. Appointed by Governor Greg Abbott in October 2020, she earned her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and obtained her law degree from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law.

During her visit, Huddle engaged with students in a Q&A session organized by the Criminal Justice and Public Service Academy. The students, inspired by her story, expressed gratitude for the opportunity to learn from her experiences.

Mariluisa Chavez, a senior at Austin High School and member of the academy for four years, found Huddle’s visit motivating. Chavez, aspiring to attend law school, appreciated the insight into post-high school opportunities.

Miguel Vega, a dual credit law enforcement teacher, highlighted the importance of such interactions for students, emphasizing the message of hard work and determination leading to success beyond high school.