Aurora Martinez Jones is Judge of the 126th District Court in Travis County. She presides over child welfare dockets, including Family Drug Treatment Court and Permanent Managing Conservatorship dockets, reviewing Travis County cases with foster children in the permanent care of Child Protective Services (CPS). Aurora has dedicated her career to ensure the most fragile members of our community have fair access to justice.
Before being elected as Judge of the 126th District Court, Aurora served Travis County as an appointed Associate Judge, She also previously owned and operated The Martinez Jones Law Firm, PLLC, practicing child welfare law, personal injury, probate, real estate, family law and civil litigation.
Aurora is a first generation American and first generation law school graduate. While in college, at the University of Texas at Austin, Aurora established an organization to connect and support other minority women in law school - Minority Women Pursuing Law. Her optimism and work ethic then earned her spot at the University of Texas School of Law.
Since then, Aurora has continued to give back to her community. She co-founded the Child Welfare Race Equity Collaborative. Aurora is currently Board Secretary of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the Texas State Coordinator for the National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC), and Secretary for the Child Protection Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. Aurora is past Chair of the statewide Children's Justice Act Task Force and has also been involved with the Austin Black Lawyers Association and Foundation, Travis County Women Lawyer's Foundation, Travis County Collaborative for Children, the Girls Empowerment Network, and Friends of the Children - Austin.
Aurora is the child of immigrant parents, one from Jamaica and the other from Mexico. Despite the challenges they faced, they maintained an optimism shared among many immigrants, that anything is possible. This optimism has helped shape Aurora's work ethic and career. Aurora is married to Mitchell Jones. They have two beautiful girls, Angelina and Anamaria, along with two pups, Sookie and W'Kabi.