Early Life

Like so many people, Crystal has faced struggles.  The granddaughter of an Army Air Corps Veteran, she was raised by her grandmother in a small Texas town boasting a single blinking yellow light.  She grew up in humble conditions.  Early in her life, she recognized the importance of education and what it could do for her future.  

At 16, she was blessed with a wonderful family here in San Antonio who opened their home and hearts to her.  Although going to a high school that had more people than her entire hometown had its challenges, she soaked up the incredible education offered her.  She proudly graduated summa cum laude from Winston Churchill High School in 1990.  Her new family moved to Houston the summer Crystal graduated from high school. She chose to remain in San Antonio.  

Knows Importance of Education & Hard Work

Crystal faced economic challenges in obtaining a college degree but never lost faith that God would continue to provide in her life.  Thanks to scholarships, grants, loans, and part time jobs, she attended the University of Incarnate Word where she graduated magna cum laude in 1994.  She was the first in her family to obtain a college degree.  At the encouragement of professors who meant the world to her, Crystal went on to obtain her law degree from St. Mary's University School of Law.  


During law school, Crystal worked as a legal intern for Justice Phil Hardberger at the Fourth Court of Appeals.  After graduating, she worked for 2 years as a briefing attorney at the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Texas’ highest criminal court. 

Committed to Public Service & Justice for ALL

Recognizing the blessings afforded her, Crystal has dedicated her legal career to giving back to her community.  For more than 15 years, she proudly served as a Bexar County Assistant Criminal District Attorney. ​ While serving as an assistant DA, she spent several years as a felony prosecutor for the Family Justice and Victim Protection Division handling crimes relating to the physical and sexual abuse of children, sex crimes against adults, and family violence ranging from felony assault to murder. 

Crystal later joined the Criminal Trial Division where she continued to handle violent and high profile cases.  She also supervised junior lawyers.  Next, Crystal joined the Appellate Division to grow her analytical skills and knowledge of criminal law.  She litigated appeals and writs of habeas corpus before the trial courts, intermediate appellate courts, the Texas Supreme Court, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.  

Committed to Community 

In 2007, Crystal helped co-found Chapter 61 Ministries, a non-profit organization engaged in the fight against human trafficking.  For 3 years, Crystal spoke throughout the state educating and raising awareness of domestic human trafficking.  Later, Chapter 61 started a nationwide campaign titled “Truckers Against Trafficking.”  As a result of this initiative’s success, Chapter 61 Ministries evolved into “Trucker’s Against Trafficking," a national non-profit which, in 2013, was named to the United Nation's list of 100 Best Anti-Human Trafficking Practices in the world. 

For several years Crystal served as an adjunct college professor teaching criminal law.  She also taught continuing education courses to other lawyers, law enforcement officers and investigators.

Judge Crystal Chandler

The Blessing of Family

Crystal is grateful for the many blessings afforded her throughout her life.  Aside from her salvation, her most precious blessing is her sweet family.  

After meeting in law school, Crystal and her husband married in 2000.  They have two boy.  

Their family also includes two dogs (Rosie &  Bailey), a bearded dragon lizard (Clutch), a hamster (Peppa) and two goldfish (Mango & Bruce).

Scott worked for Langley & Banack before going into private practice.  He recently joined the City Attorney's Office.  They attend Community Bible Church, enjoy hiking and the great outdoors, and spending time together.  

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