SANDEE BRYAN MARION is a San Antonio, Texas native who graduated from Robert E. Lee (now known as Legacy of Educational Excellence) High School in 1974. She earned a Spanish degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1977 and her J.D. from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 1980, where she served as President of the Student Bar Association during 1979-1980.

After law school, Marion practiced in Boerne, Texas. She credits the small-town setting with giving her a chance to handle a wide range of cases and assisting with building the professional confidence she needed to join the San Antonio Law Firm Sawtelle, Goode, Davidson & Troilo in 1986. In 1992, Marion was elected to Bexar County Probate Court No. 2. In 2002, Governor Rick Perry appointed Marion to the Fourth Court of Appeals until 2014 when she defeated Irene Alarcon Rios in a general election as the court’s Chief Justice.

Chief Justice Marion is the second of three generations of St. Mary’s Law graduates, preceded by her father and followed by her daughter, Natalee. During her career as a lawyer, Chief Justice Marion served as the first woman president of the Rotary Club of San Antonio in 1998 and president of the Board of the St. Mary’s Law Alumni Association from 2004-2005. Chief Justice Marion was also recognized as a distinguished graduate of St. Mary’s University School of Law and was inducted into the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame in 2016.

By John Cadena, St. Mary’s University Law Fellows in Public History (2018), with Chief Justice Sandee Bryan Marion.

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