Jennifer Walker Elrod

Hon. Jennifer Walker Elrod

Judge, United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Jennifer Walker Elrod has served as a Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit since being confirmed by a voice vote in 2007. Prior to serving as a Circuit Judge, Judge Elrod was appointed and then twice elected Judge of the 190th District Court of Harris County, Texas, where she spent over five years presiding over more than 200 jury and non-jury trials. 

Judge Elrod is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Baylor University, where she was the Outstanding Graduating Senior in the Honors Program and was later named an Outstanding Young Alumna. She graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she was an active member of the Harvard Federalist Society, an Ames Moot Court finalist, and a Senior Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy. She clerked for the Honorable Sim Lake in the Southern District of Texas. Before serving as a judge, Judge Elrod was in private practice, focusing on civil litigation, antitrust, and employment matters. 

Today, she is a member of the Board of Advisors for the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, the Baylor University Board of Regents, and the American Law Institute. She has served as the Board Chair of the Texas Center for Legal Ethics, on the State Bar of Texas Committee on Pattern Jury Charges, and as Chair of the Board of the Gulf Coast Legal Foundation (now Lone Star Legal Aid). 

Judge Elrod has been repeatedly recognized as a jurist, as well as for her pro bono work and contributions to the community. Most recently, she was recognized by the Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists as the 2016-2017 Appellate Judge of the Year. She has also been named the Judge of the Year by the Mexican-American Bar Association of Texas. In 2015, Judge Elrod was the recipient of the Texas Center for Legal Ethics Chief Justice Jack Pope Professionalism Award. In 2013, she was featured in the book Learning to Lead: What Works for Women in the Law, a publication of the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession. Judge Elrod has also received the Judge Thomas Gibbs Gee award for her pro bono work and has twice received the President's Award from the Houston Bar Association.

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2019 National Lawyers Convention

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