|Current Court Information:|
|Texas Court of Criminal Appeals|
|Appointed by:||Rick Perry|
|Past post:||Texas First District Court of Appeals|
|Bachelors:||Texas A&M University - Kingsville|
|Law School:||The University of Texas|
|Candidate for:||Court of Criminal Appeals|
|Election information 2012:|
|Primary date:||May 29, 2012|
|Election date:||November 6, 2012|
Before being appointed to the Court of Criminal Appeals, Alcala was a judge on the Texas First District Court of Appeals. She was appointed to First District in 2002 and her was term was set to end on December 31, 2012.
Education and Early Career
Judge Alcala received her bacherlor's degree from Texas A&M University-Kingsville and her law degree from the University of Texas. She was an assistant district attorney in Harris County and eventually rose to the position of chief felony prosecutor, working primarily in the special crimes bureau and the narcotics task force. 
Judge Alcala was appointed by Governor George W. Bush to the District Court of Harris County, a position she held for three years. Her tenure there involved overseeing hundreds of felony criminal offenses from property offenses to violent crimes.
After her tenure on the District Court of Harris County, Judge Alcala was appointed to the First Court of Appeals by Governor Rick Perry in 2002. She was elected later that year and re-elected in 2006. She has held the position for over seven years and authored over 400 opinions and presided over 1000 cases.
In 2008, Justice Alcala wrote 78 signed opinions and 46 per curiam opinions. She wrote two dissenting opinions.
Justice Alcala has been certified in criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She is a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas and the State Bar of Texas Criminal Pattern Jury Charge Committee.
- See also: Texas judicial elections, 2012
- Official Texas First Court of Appeals website
- Judge Elsa Alcala campaign website
- Judge Elsa Alcala Facebook page
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- ↑ Texas Secretary of State: Judges' terms
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Official biography of Judge Alcala
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Judge Alcala 2009 Opinions
- ↑ Texas Secretary of State: 2012 General Election Summary Select "2012 General Election"
- ↑ Texas Republican Party, Candidates for Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals
- ↑ Judge Elsa Alcala campaign website