Amy Clark Meachum, Chief Justice, Texas Supreme Court
Judge Amy Clark Meachum is running to become the first woman ever elected Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme because Texans want to elect judges with integrity and common sense who will interpret the law fairly with the goal of obtaining the most just result.
Judge Meachum has been the presiding judge of the 201st District Court of Travis County, Texas, since January 2011. She currently serves as Civil Presiding Judge for all the civil and family courts in Travis County and is the judicial liaison for the Administrative and Public Law Council for the State Bar of Texas.
As a Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas board member, Judge Meachum has worked hard to increase access to justice by working to provide basic legal services to Texans in need. Her volunteer work increasing access to justice for those in need earned her the Austin Bar Association Outstanding Pro Bono Judicial Award in 2019.
Active in the non-profit and volunteer community, Judge Meachum is a former board president of Bookspring, where she helped expand programs that provide children’s books to underserved communities and families in Austin and the surrounding areas. She is a former board member of the Austin Children’s Museum and Thinkery, and is also a frequent speaker and guest lecturer for the State Bar of Texas, Austin Bar Association and Texas Center for Legal Ethics.
Judge Meachum grew up in the small Central Texas town of Lorena, and attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where she graduated magna cum laude with degrees in both political science and journalism. She then attended the University of Texas School of Law, where she was a member of the prestigious Texas Law Review and graduated with honors in 2000.
She began her legal career as an associate at Carrington, Coleman, Sloman and Blumenthal in Dallas. She later joined the Austin-based law firm of McGinnis Lochridge, where she became a full equity partner at the age of 31. Judge Meachum was named a Rising Star for general civil litigation by Texas Law & Politics Magazine in 2007, 2008 and 2009. She was the recipient of the Austin Young Lawyer of the Year Award for 2010 and the Austin Under 40 Award for the Legal Industry in 2011.
Judge Meachum first ran for judge in 2010 at the age of 34 and won the contested Democratic primary with over 68 percent of the vote. She then won consecutive general elections in 2010, 2014, and 2018, running unopposed each time. She won a contested Democratic primary for Chief Justice in 2020 with 80.5 percent of the vote, earning more votes (1,434,175) than any other Democrat running in a contested race.
She and her husband Kurt have been married since 2002 and have three children. They live in Northwest Austin, where you can find both of them coaching various youth sports and attending youth soccer tournaments.