Biography

Ms. Valentine is an attorney admitted to practice in California and New York.  As the Senior Associate in our firm, Ms. Valentine is dedicated to fighting for the underdog, the downtrodden, those who have lost hope.  Where others see barriers, Ms. Valentine sees opportunities.

Ms. Valentine brings to our office her unique experience working in the intersection of criminal and civil law.  Ms. Valentine’s experience in civil matters includes legal and political advocacy to strengthen individual rights, particularly for those involved in the criminal system.  Ms. Valentine’s commitment to justice extends beyond the courtroom, however.  She has taught constitutional law at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, volunteered as an Exoneree Advocate with the Innocence Project of New Orleans, and engaged in pro bono criminal justice advocacy with the Corrections Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.  Ms. Valentine’s commitment to public interest was recognized when she was awarded a Charles H. Revson Public Interest Fellowship to engage in non-profit work on behalf of low-income New Yorkers.

Prior to pursuing a legal career, Ms. Valentine earned a graduate degree in criminal justice, where she engaged in research and evaluation of California correctional and parole practices.  She focused on systemic reform to better assist people successfully return to the community after being in jail.

Ms. Valentine is also a certified yoga instructor and, through the Prison Yoga Project, volunteers her time teaching yoga and mindfulness to people who are incarcerated.

Law Offices of Ezekiel E. Cortez is located in California and serves clients nationwide.