Hon. Jennifer Walker Elrod
Jennifer Walker Elrod serves as a Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, with chambers in Houston, Texas. Prior to her confirmation, Judge Elrod was appointed and 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, which has recognized her as an Outstanding Young Alumna. She graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she was an Ames Moot Court finalist and Senior Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy. Following law school, she clerked for the Honorable Sim Lake of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Before serving as a judge, Judge Elrod was in private practice, focusing on civil litigation, antitrust, and employment matters.
Judge Elrod is an elected member of the American Law Institute, is the Board Chair of the Texas Center for Legal Ethics, is a member of the Board of the Houston Urban Debate League, and has served on the Texas State Bar Committee on Pattern Jury Charges. In 2008, the Mexican-American Bar Association of Texas named her Judge of the Year, and in 2010, she presented the Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Distinguished Lecture at Washington and Lee University School of Law. She has twice received the President’s Award from the Houston Bar Association. In 2004, the Houston Young Lawyers Association named her the Woodrow Seals Outstanding Young Lawyer of Houston. Judge Elrod served pro bono as the first general counsel of Communities in Schools-Houston, one of the largest dropout prevention organizations in the country, and as Chair of the Board of the Gulf Coast Legal Foundation (now Lone Star Legal Aid), a major legal services provider for the indigent. She also received the Judge Thomas Gibbs Gee award for her pro bono work, and has taught legal writing and advocacy as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston Law Center. In 2011, she has served as the M.D. Anderson Visiting Public Service Professor at the Texas Tech University School of Law.