Our friend and former colleague, Jennifer Walker Elrod, has been nominated to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Jennifer is a 1988 graduate of Baylor University (Economics) and a 1992 graduate of Harvard Law School. After her two-year clerkship with U.S. District Judge Sim Lake (of Enron fame), she was an associate at Baker Botts LLP in Houston. She was appointed to the 190th District Court in Houston, Texas in March 2002 and was elected to a four-year term in November 2002. Beyond that, Jennifer has been extremely active in the Houston community; according to a press release from Baylor when she was selected as a Distinguished Alumna, "Elrod served pro bono as the first General Counsel to Communities in School-Houston, and she was chair of the board of the Gulf Coast Legal Foundation. In 2004, The Houston Young Lawyers Association named Judge Elrod the Woodrow Seals Outstanding Young Lawyer of Houston, and [in 2006] she was honored as an Extraordinary Mother by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Houston."
And even beyond that, Jennifer was a great role model to me when I became a working mother, having preceded me in that noble profession by a year or so. To celebrate the other half of her life, I am posting two photos of her: her professional photo and a photo of her holding my son at 8 months. (Wasn't he a bruiser?)
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