Jennifer Walker Elrod serves as a Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. 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 and graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she was a Senior Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy. She then 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. Judge Elrod is a member of the American Law Institute, where she serves as an Advisor for the Restatement of the Law Third, Conflicts of Law. She also serves as a member of the Board of Advisors for the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy and as a member of the Baylor University Board of Regents. Previously, 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). 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.