My name is Lorina Rummel and I am the Judge of the 144th Judicial District Court, a felony criminal court. I am looking for your support to continue serving you on this bench.
When I first took over the 144th, my first trial was held in the second week I was on the bench. It involved a defendant that had been in jail going on three years. After this “delayed justice,” I vowed to improve all the court’s statistics. This court had the largest docket awaiting trial, the largest population in Bexar County Jail and one of the longest waits for trial. With leadership from the Judge, the help of fantastic ADA’s and defense attorneys that practice in this court, as well as amazing staff, there has been a complete turnaround. This court now boasts the smallest docket of cases awaiting trial of all the 10 district courts, has one of the lowest jail populations, and is consistently one of the shortest waits for trial. The number of pending cases awaiting trial has been reduced by over 50% in the four years I have been on the bench. This helps all parties – society, victims, tax payers, defendants.
I have over 26 years of criminal trial experience. I have handled thousands of felony cases and tried hundreds of jury trials to verdict in my career - these include the most serious crimes - burglaries, rapes, aggravated robberies, murders, and capital crimes. I have experience as a Judge, Prosecutor and Defense Attorney and have served the citizens of Bexar County in each phase of my career. It has been my honor and privilege to serve the citizens of Bexar County in this manner.
Also, I am extremely proud of the Esperanza program. These defendants are also victims of human trafficking, sexual, physical and mental abuse. Instead of once again warehousing these defendants in TDC or State Jail, they do my program. As other specialty courts, we are changing lives.
I will keep a sense of justice and fairness in the 144th District Court. Having practiced both criminal defense and prosecution, I recognize and understand both sides of legal arguments and will continue to rule accordingly.
I have the experience and temperament to efficiently and effectively run a district court! I am also an active member of my community. Learn more about my community involvement.
I have spent my career serving the citizens in Bexar County after receiving a Juris Doctor in 1992 from the Baylor Law School and becoming Licensed to Practice Law in the same year.
I have been happily married for over 26 years and am a working mother of 4 beautiful children.
After being raised in a military family, I attended the University of Texas at Austin where I earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1988. Next, I attended Baylor Law School where I earned my Juris Doctor in 1992 - the same year that I became Licensed to Practice Law.