Board Bio – Judge Lynch

Judge Michael F. Lynch

Mike Lynch began active service on the Communities In Schools board upon retiring from the practice of law. Mr. Lynch was drawn to CIS due to its success in keeping at risk young people in school and, quite literally, out of his court. His courtroom experience convinced him of the vital importance of a positive role model and a helping hand for those young people in need in our community.

Mr. Lynch graduated from Amherst College with a degree in political science. After college, he taught high school for one year in a small east Texas town during its first year of total integration. This experience instilled a lasting respect for, and appreciation of, those who teach, especially in difficult, economically challenged schools. Only half-joking that he needed to find an easier career, he applied to law school and attended and graduated from the University of Texas Law School in 1974. Mr. Lynch started a law firm with three classmates immediately after graduation and practiced criminal defense law for ten years. After selling his law practice and taking two years off to run a Frio River resort in the hill country, he returned to law practice as a prosecutor with the Travis County District Attorney’s Office. During this period, he served as Chief of the Public Integrity Unit, handling fraud and public corruption cases for three years. Mr. Lynch was elected Judge of the 167th District Court of Travis County in 1992 and served twenty years in that position, handling felony level criminal cases and retiring at the end of 2012.

Now that he is not working fulltime in a nearly windowless courtroom, he enjoys pursuing interests that keep him outside in the fresh air, including fly fishing in the hill country or Colorado, pheasant hunting in South Dakota, bicycling and playing bad golf around Austin.

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