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 Dual Status Youth dockets, reviewing Travis County cases with foster children in the 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 as Travis County's as first Associate Judge appointed specifically for CPS dockets. 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 planning to attend 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 on the Board of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), and is Vice Chair 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 is also a past president of the Austin Black Lawyers Association and continues work with their Foundation.
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, as they raised Aurora in La Porte, Texas. This optimism has helped shape Aurora's work ethic and career. Aurora is married to Mitchell Jones. They have two beautiful girls, along with two cute pups.