Amparo Guerra is a lawyer with a mission. Her legal career has been one of applying her exceptional analytical skills to the handling of complex litigation in state and federal courts across Texas, as well as other states throughout America--successfully representing a variety of clients, from individuals to sole proprietorships and large multi-national companies. Amparo is a leader in our community. She has worked tirelessly with several law groups and other volunteer associations to help make the community a better place to live. Public service is important to Amparo. She has been involved in community activities since high school. Her passion to serve others continued through college, law school and well into her professional career when she served as a Municipal Judge in Houston. Her mission remains steadfast—advance equality and justice for all Texans.
After law school, Amparo served as a law clerk for the late U.S. District Court Judge Filemon Vela in Brownsville, Texas. In 2005, Amparo was nominated by former Houston Mayor Bill White and confirmed by Houston City Council as an Associate Municipal Judge for the City of Houston. During her tenure from 2005 through 2010, she was the youngest judge on the Houston Municipal Court.
Amparo attended St. George’s School in Newport, Rhode Island as a scholarship student, graduating with distinction as one of very few Latinas in a school that attracts students from countries around the globe. The experience of being immersed in a world of mostly privileged students juxtaposed against her experiences witnessing the extreme poverty on the U.S.-Mexico border imbued Amparo with a strong passion for public service to battle social and geographic inequity.
That passion led to volunteer work with Mano A Mano—a March of Dimes project geared towards fighting the epidemic of encephalitic births on the border, largely attributed to industrial pollution. Amparo worked to provide education on prenatal health, and to help deliver sorely needed healthcare to coloniason the U.S. border, and to similarly ill-equipped areas in Mexico that did not have electricity nor running water. Witnessing such disparities inspired Amparo to seek social and economic justice through the law, developing a philosophy that the law should serve all people.
In addition, Amparo learned from her pioneering mother the Honorable Linda Reyna Yáñez, the first Hispanic woman to serve on a Texas appeals court, the value to serve those without a voice.
Amparo graduated Rice University and earned the President’s Honor Roll while a work-study student. She graduated with a double major in Sociology and Latin American Studies. Amparo then attended the University of Houston Law Center and earned the Dean’s Merit Scholarship. During law school, Amparo furthered her goals of public service through Public Interest Fellowships in both her 1L and 2L summers working with Texas Rural Legal Aid in South Texas, and Farmworker Legal Services in Michigan, respectively.
Amparo interned with, and following law school, clerked for U.S. District Judge Filemon Vela who further sparked her interest in the judicial system and the role judges have in enforcing the rule of law. Through that work, Amparo gained an appreciation for litigation. Those experiences inspired Amparo to seek public service. In 2005 she was appointed as an Associate Municipal Judge for the City of Houston Municipal Court. Amparo took on that role in addition to her full-time litigation practice, thereby working two challenging and fulfilling jobs.
Throughout her career, Amparo has been passionate about diversity in the private and public sectors, that passion drives her candidacy today.
Family is also supremely important to Amparo. She and her husband, Cesar, are doting parents to three children—two daughters and a son.
Her family tradition of passion for public service and diversity in the judiciary have called Amparo back to public service—that is why Amparo is asking for your vote in the March 3, 2020,Democratic Primary for the First Court of Appeals, Place 5.
Clerkship with U.S. District Judge Filemón B. Vela (2002-03)