Peter Valdez, LMSW, is the Court Administrator of the Downtown Austin Community Court, a therapeutic jurisprudence court model implemented in October 1999 to address the Quality of Life and Public Order Offenses occurring in the Downtown Austin area.
To address the afore mentioned issues, the court, under Peter’s direction, has identified a priority population of defendants that repeatedly commit crime within the court’s jurisdiction and engage these individuals by applying a comprehensive and intensive case management model that helps the repeat offenders to work toward permanent stability. Peter moved to Austin in the fall of 2000, and began his employment with the court as a case manager. Two years later, Peter became the deputy court administrator responsible for the supervision of the court’s operations, case management and community service teams. Prior to moving to Austin, Peter resided in Las Cruces, New Mexico where he worked as a child/adolescent and crisis therapist in a community mental health agency. While in Las Cruces, Peter also facilitated court-mandated men's groups with La Casa, Inc., a program for domestic violence victims and their families. Peter has also served as a field instructor and supervisor for student interns from the University of Texas-Austin, St. Edwards University, and Texas State University. Peter is a current member of the Texas Municipal Courts Association, Texas Court Clerks Association, the National Association for Court Management, the National Association for Social Workers (NASW) and the Austin/Travis County Reentry Roundtable Planning Council. Peter is also a member of Travis County’s Behavioral Health Advisory Committee, Travis County’s Substance Use Planning Leadership Team and a member of Travis County’s Substance Use Community Advisory Team.