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Random Profile: Mary Elizabeth Fuentes Valdez, San Antonio

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The part of my job I do best is: Relating to the youths with whom I am privileged to work; some can be challenging but most are really fun and inquisitive and intelligent (and very street savvy), and they keep me on my toes.

Bet you didn’t know: that I’m a Bexar County Master Gardener and that I volunteer regularly with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

Family: Married to my wonderful, supportive husband, Richard, who is in quality assurance for a local food manufacturing company.

Areas of practice: Child welfare law (represent lots of children, some parents, through the Abuse and Neglect Courts of Bexar County)

Education: B.A. (Political Science & English) from St. Mary’s University and J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law

Another little known fact: Most people don’t know that I was a part-time Judge for the Municipal Court of the City of San Antonio for 18 years.

Bad habit: That I hardly ever sit still; I always have to be doing something.

Community involvement: In the Fall of 2009, a colleague Brenda Knowles and I formed a nonprofit organization, YTIA (Youth Transitioning into Adulthood) to assist youths aging out of foster care; more information about the organization can be found at www.ytia.org.

Current project: Volunteering the second Saturday of every month with the wonderful youths of Team YTIA

Favorite TV program: Big Bang Theory

Favorite musician: Joe Satriani, guitarist

Favorite movie: Gone with the Wind

The last movie I saw: Ender’s Game

Favorite sport: Football, what else? (Go, Eagles)

Favorite food: Anything Italian

Hobbies: Love to craft and paint

If I had more time, I would: be outside more “digging in dirt.”

If I wasn’t an attorney, what profession would I have been in?: I would have been a geologist. I even I took an oil and gas course in law school; Ernie Smith was a great teacher.


Mary Elizabeth works at Mary Elizabeth Fuentes Valdez Attorney at Law in San Antonio.

You can also view Mary Elizabeth's TexasBar.com profile.


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