Susan D. Reed
Join us at the historical Old San Francisco Steakhouse for our POWERhour! featuring former District Attorney of Bexar County, the Honorable Susan D. Reed.
The Honorable Susan D. Reed is the first woman to be elected District Attorney of Bexar County. Prior to her election in November of 1998, she served as Judge of the 144th District Court for 12 years. In addition to being licensed to practice law in Texas, she is licensed in Federal court in the Western District of Texas and the United States Supreme Court. She is board certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
She began her legal career as an Assistant District Attorney for Bexar County and served in that position for eight years advancing to chief prosecutor in the 144th and 187th District Courts. Her civil law experience stems from four years in private practice concentrating in business litigation at the firm of Soules and Reed.
Always concerned about the influence of gangs, as judge she lead the establishment of a gang unit in the probation department and as DA she effectively used gang injunctions to create safety zones. While DA, her office was a State leader in establishing gang injunctions. She also established an Elder Fraud Unit and was responsible for the Bexar County Family Justice Center which is the first in Texas to be created.
Nationally, Reed has been a member of the National Advisory Council on Violence Against Women. In her commitment as a Judge and District Attorney, enhancing awareness of victim’s rights and sensitivity to those falling victim to wrongdoers was a top priority. She remains an outspoken advocate for those who find themselves a victim of crime.
Susan Reed was raised in San Antonio, Texas. She graduated from Alamo Heights High School. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Texas at Austin majoring in Economics. She was awarded the Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law. In addition, Reed is a guardian to Girls, Inc., is on the Board of the All Stars After School Program, and during the Rodeo she can often be found volunteering on her Grounds and Security Committee as well as serving on the Fiesta Commission’s Executive Board and Board of Commissioners.