The Honorable Lori I. Valenzuela (R)

Last modified on: 03-16-2021 12:43:10

Justice
(Fourth Appellate District)

Entered Office: 01-01-2021 Term Ends: 12-31-2026

General Information

Home Town: San Antonio


Personal Information

Justice Lori I. Valenzuela was the former judge of the 437th Criminal District Court where she presided from 2009 until she was appointed to the 4th Court of Appeals in January 2021. Raised in a military family, she takes great pride in co-founding and presiding over a Felony Veteranís Treatment Court while serving as a trial judge. Prior to her tenure on the bench, Justice Valenzuela served as a Bexar County Assistant District Attorney, established a law practice concentrating in criminal defense, and worked as a county magistrate.

Justice Valenzuela is an adjunct professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is the chair of the Texas Center for the Judiciary Board of Directors and was previously appointed by the Supreme Court of Texas as chair of the Court Reporter Advisory Committee. Her prior board experience includes the Federal Judicial Evaluation Committee, Bexar County Juvenile Board, St. Peter-St. Joseph Childrenís Home, Family Service Association, Boy Scouts of America Executive Board, and the Child Fatality Review Board. Additionally, she is a Life Fellow of both the San Antonio Bar Foundation and the Texas Bar Foundation.

Justice Valenzuela received her Bachelor of Arts in Government from the University of Texas at Austin and her Juris Doctor degree from St. Maryís University School of Law. She is married to R. Sean McCleskey and they are the proud parents of three children.

Office Information

Place 7


Contact and Phone Numbers

(210) 335-2629
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Other Offices Held

Chair (Court Reporters Certification Advisory Board)