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Place 5: Lori Valenzuela, 437th District Court, San Antonio

Appointed by the former Governor Perry to the newly created court, Judge Lori I.

Valenzuela has been presiding over the 437th Criminal District Court since 2009. She

oversees a docket of cases that range in punishment from State Jail felonies to the

death penalty. She is currently serving as the Criminal District Court Administrative

Judge. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Valenzuela served as a Bexar County Assistant

District Attorney from 1998-2007. Upon leaving the District Attorney’s Office in 2007

as a First Chair Felony Prosecutor, she started her own criminal defense practice

and later served as a Bexar County Magistrate. Judge Valenzuela earned her degree

from The University of Texas at Austin and her J.D. from St. Mary’s University School

of Law. Her current community involvement includes serving on two local boards: St.

Peter’s St. Joseph’s Children’s Home and Family Service Association. Off the bench, she has coached for the

YMCA, participated in Habitat for Humanity and is a Cub Scout den leader. She also serves by appointment

of Senators Cornyn and Cruz on the Federal Judicial Executive Commission. Judge Valenzuela is married to

Robert Sean McCleskey, a retired Secret Service Agent who currently works at the Center for Identity at the

University of Texas at Austin. They have one daughter and two sons.

Place 7: Robert P. “Bob” Brotherton, 30th District Court, Wichita Falls

Judge Bob Brotherton is a native of Wichita Falls, Texas and has served as the Judge

of the 30th District Court since being appointed on May 1, 1989. He has served as the

Secretary-Treasurer of the Texas Center for the Judiciary and has served on various

other committees with the Center. Judge Brotherton is the past Chairman of the Texas

Juvenile Probation Commission, now the Texas Juvenile Justice Department; past

President of the Wichita County Bar Association and the Wichita County Young Lawyers

Association. He has been an adjunct professor in the Criminal Justice Department at

Midwestern State University for ten years. Judge Brotherton is active in his church and

his community. He is married with three children and one grandson.


Child Welfare Conference

August 17-19, 2015

Westin at the Domain, Austin

DWI Summit

September 10, 2015

Wyndham Garden, Amarillo

Annual Judicial Education Conference

September 27-30, 2015

Sheraton Dallas, Dallas

College for New Judges

December 6-9, 2015

Hyatt Regency, Lost Pines

Family Justice Conference

January 25-26, 2016

Hyatt Regency, Lost Pines

DWI Court Team Training

February 8-10, 2016

Sheraton Austin Capitol, Austin

DWI Court Team Conference

February 11-12, 2016

Sheraton Austin Capitol, Austin

Criminal Justice

February 22-23, 2016

Sheraton Austin Capitol, Austin

Civil Justice Conference

March 31-April 1, 2016

Hotel Galvez, Galveston

Regional A (2, 6, 7 & 9)

April 18-19, 2016

Westin Galleria, Houston

Regional B (1,3, 4, 5 & 8)

May 9-10, 2016

Westin Galleria, Houston

Professional Development Program

June 20-24, 2016

Embassy Suites, San Marcos

Upcoming Conferences