Lori I. Valenzuela
Luncheon & Networking Event featuring
Lori I. Valenzuela
May 2nd at 11:00 AM
San Antonio Petroleum Club
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 Veteran’s 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 a past 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 Children’s 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. Mary’s University School of Law. She is married to R. Sean McCleskey and they are the proud parents of three children.
Justice, 4th Court of Appeals, January 2021-present
Judge, 437th Judicial District Court, 2009-2021
Co-Founder and Presiding Judge, Felony Veteran’s Treatment Court
Bexar Co. D.A.’s Office; 9 Years Prosecuting Baby Death Cases, Murders & Violent Crimes
First Chair, Family Violence Unit
Established law practice concentrating on criminal defense
Background & Education
University of Texas at Austin, B.A.
St. Mary’s University, School of Law, J.D.
Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation and San Antonio Bar Foundation
Adjunct Professor, UTSA
Current and Past Community & Professional Organizations
Chair, Texas Center for the Judiciary Board of Directors
The William S. Sessions-American Inn of Court, Member
St. Peter-St. Joseph Children’s Home, Chair-Board of Directors
Court Reporter Advisory Committee, Chair
Boy Scouts of America Executive Board, Member
Family Service Association, Board Member
Child Fatality Review Board, Member
Abiding Presence Lutheran Day School, Board Member
San Antonio Bar Association
Bexar Co. Women’s Bar Association
Mexican American Bar Association
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
Married to R. Sean McCleskey, a law enforcement officer
Mother of 3 Children
Daughter of Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Alfred & Esther Valenzuela
For more information on Justice Lori Valenzuela, visit: https://www.votevalenzuela.com/