Reynaldo Anaya Valencia - Capital University Law School

Reynaldo Anaya Valencia

Dean & Professor of Law

Reynaldo Anaya Valencia


  • J.D., Harvard Law School
  • M.A., Stanford University
  • B.A., with honors, Stanford University


Dean Valencia earned an undergraduate degree in psychology (with honors) and a graduate degree in sociology from Stanford University, then went on to receive a juris doctor degree from Harvard Law School. He practiced corporate bankruptcy and general corporate law at the Dallas office of the international law firm of Jones Day for five years, while serving as an adjunct professor of Law at Texas Tech School of Law, where at age 25 he became the youngest faculty member in the law school’s history.

In 1995, Dean Valencia joined the faculty at St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio as an associate professor, earning tenure in 1999 and promotion to the rank of full professor. In 2008, he was appointed associate dean of Administration and Finance at St. Mary’s and held the Ernest W. Clemmons Professor of Corporate and Securities Law endowed professorship.

President Bill Clinton appointed Dean Valencia as a White House Fellow for 1999-2000, where he served in the Office of the Chief of Staff. He also has served on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Certification (which produces the national bankruptcy certification examination); the Board of Governors of the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO); the Board of Trustees of the Law School Admission Council; and as an elected director on the Harvard Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Dean Valencia received the St. Mary’s University Distinguished Faculty Award (Law School) in 2008. In 2003 and again in 2006, he received the Outstanding Legal Achievement award by the Mexican American Bar Association of San Antonio, and in 2012, was awarded the Becky Cross Anchor Award from Equality Texas in recognition of his work with, and support of, LBGTQ students.

He has published several articles in traditional law reviews, and was the lead co-author of “Mexican Americans and The Law: ¡El Pueblo Unido Jamas Sera Vencido!,” the first undergraduate textbook to focus on Latinos/as and the law.

Dean Valencia is father to three sons, Elias, Leo and Robert.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)