Eighth Court of Appeals

Chief Justice Ann Crawford McClure 
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In 2011, Justice Ann Crawford McClure was appointed Chief Justice of the Eighth Court of Appeals by Governor Rick Perry, becoming the first female chief justice in the court's one-hundred year history. She was elected to an unexpired term in 2012 and re-elected in 2014.

Chief Justice McClure, was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1953 and the family relocated to Houston, Texas in 1955. In 1961, she moved to San Antonio where she spent the remainder of her youth, graduating from Winston Churchill High School. She completed her undergraduate education at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, and was graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of fine arts degree in communications. In 1979, she received her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Houston Law Center and entered private practice with a preeminent family law firm in Houston. She moved to El Paso in 1983 and began a solo practice in appellate law. In 1984, she was board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in family law, and in 1987, the first year the specialty was recognized, she became the first attorney west of Fort Worth to obtain board certification in civil appellate law. She is listed in the 1989/90, 1991/92 and 1993/94 editions of The Best Lawyers in America. In 1992, she and her husband merged their respective practices into the partnership of McClure & McClure. She continued to maintain a state-wide appellate practice until 1994, when she was elected to the Eighth Court of Appeals. Justice McClure assumed office on January 1, 1995.

In 2014, Chief Justice McClure received the Honorable Sam Paxson Outstanding Jurist Award presented by the El Paso Young Lawyers' Association. In 2013, the El Paso League of Women Voters presented her with the Bravo Award while the West El Paso Tejano Democrats and the Tejano Paso del Norte Democrats named her a co-recipient of the Trailblazer Jurist Award. That same year, the Black El Paso Democrats recognized her as a co-recipient of the Legacy Award. In 2012, she received the Trailblazer Award from both the El Paso Women's Bar Association and the Black El Paso Democrats.

In 2006, then-Justice McClure was named Judge of the Year by the El Paso Chapter of the Mexican American Bar Association. Additionally, she was selected by the Texas Bar Foundation as the Samuel Pessara Jurist of the Year in 2005. She received the 2004 Jurist of the Year Award from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers/Texas Chapter. The Texas Center of Legal Ethics and Professionalism, joined by the El Paso Bar Association and the El Paso Young Lawyers' Association, presented her with the 2004 Professionalism Award. She was also the recipient of the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists' Judge Sam Emison Award in 2002. In 2000, Justice McClure received the Dan R. Price Award from the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and the Sarah T. Hughes Award from the Women and the Law Section of the State Bar. In 1999, Justice McClure was presented the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Texas Christian University and the Civil Rights Award from the El Paso Local Chapter of the NAACP. She was also recognized as the honoree of Women in the Law of Texas Tech University School of Law.

A former member of the Texas Board of Law Examiners, the Task Force on Indigent Defense, the Texas Judicial Council, the Texas Board of Disciplinary Appeals, the Texas Family Law Specialization Exam Commission, and the Texas Civil Appellate Law Advisory Commission, Chief Justice McClure is a past president of both the El Paso Bar Association and the Trans Pecos Bar Association. She has also served as Chair of the State Bar of Texas' Appellate Section, Family Law Section and Appellate Division of the Judicial Section.

Dedicated to continuing legal education, Chief Justice McClure is a frequent author and lecturer in the areas of appellate practice, family law, evidence, ethics and women's issues. As a result, she received the Gene Cavin Award from the State Bar of Texas/Texas Bar CLE. Over the course of her career she has authored over one hundred CLE articles and published two law review articles. She and her husband, attorney David R. McClure, have two adult children.