Governor Abbott Appoints Valenzuela To Fourth Court Of Appeals
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Lori I. Valenzuela to the Fourth Court of Appeals for a term set to expire on December 31, 2022, or until her successor shall be duly elected and qualified. The Fourth Court of Appeals in San Antonio serves Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Brooks, Dimmit, Duval, Edwards, Frio, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Kinney, La Salle, Mason, Maverick, McMullen, Medina, Menard, Real, Starr, Sutton, Uvalde, Val Verde, Webb, Wilson, Zapata, and Zavala counties.
Lori I. Valenzuela of San Antonio is Judge of the 437th Judicial District Court in Bexar County, where she has served since 2009, and an adjunct professor at The University of Texas at San Antonio. Previously, she served as an attorney in private practice and as an assistant district attorney for the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office. She is a founder and co-presides over a Felony Veteran’s Treatment Court, chair of the Texas Center for the Judiciary Board of Directors, a former board member of the Federal Judicial Evaluation Committee, and fellow of the State Bar of Texas and the San Antonio Bar Association. Additionally, she was appointed by the Supreme Court of Texas as chair of the Court Reporter Advisory Committee, and is a member of the San Antonio Mexican American Bar Association and the Bexar County Juvenile Board. She previously served on the Child Fatality Review Board and the Boy Scouts of America Executive Board and is a member of the St. Mary’s University Alumni Association and Texas Exes. Valenzuela received a Bachelor of Arts in Government from The University of Texas at Austin and a Juris Doctor degree from St. Mary's University Law School.