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Michael Jerry McCormick (b. 1945)

Judge, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, 1981-1987
Presiding Judge, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, 1989-2000

Michael Jerry McCormick was born October 17, 1945, in Fort Lewis, Washington. After earning a B.A. in history at The University of Texas at Austin, McCormick entered St. Mary's School of Law in San Antonio, where he completed the J.D. in 1970. He was admitted to the Texas bar the same year. McCormick is married and the father of two children.

McCormick began his legal career as a briefing attorney to Texas Court of Criminal Appeals judge, Leon Douglas, from 1970 to 1971. He worked as an assistant Travis County district attorney, serving as chief felony prosecutor of the 167th District Court and chief of the appellate division from 1971 to 1972. McCormick served as assistant director of the Texas District and County Attorneys Association from 1972 to 1976, and was the organization's director from 1976 to 1980. He also taught in the Southwest Texas State University law enforcement department from 1973 to 1975, and served on the board of directors of the National District Attorneys Association from 1977 to 1978.

McCormick was appointed to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in 1980, and served as a judge on the court from 1981 to 1987. He returned to the court in 1989 as presiding judge, and served in that capacity until 2000.

Michael McCormick lives in Lockhart, Texas. He has served as an adjunct professor at The University of Texas School of Law and occasionally serves as a visiting judge in the Austin area.


Michael J. McCormick, telephone conversation, April 17, 2007.

52 Texas Bar Journal 190 (February 1989).

Texas Bar Journal 271 (1999).

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, 56 Texas Bar Journal 812 (September 1993).