Christina Melton Crain

President at Dallas Bar Association

Christina Melton Crain

Christina Melton Crain

President at Dallas Bar Association

Biography

CHRISTINA MELTON CRAIN, ESQ., Dallas, Texas, was appointed to a six-year term on The University of Texas System Board of Regents by Governor Greg Abbott in March 2019 and was confirmed by the Texas Senate on April 17, 2019.

She is the Founder and President/CEO of Unlocking DOORS®, an innovative Dallas-based reentry organization providing a road to success for countless men and women wanting to start over after involvement in the criminal justice system through a unique model called “Reentry Brokerage®”.

Regent Crain currently serves on the Academic Affairs Committee; the Audit, Compliance, and Risk Management Committee; the Facilities Planning and Construction Committee; and the Health Affairs Committee. She also serves on the Board for Lease of University Lands.

In her law practice, she specializes in child/juvenile representation, mediation and legislative issues. She served as the 100th President of the Dallas Bar Association, as well as a former president of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, the Dallas Women Lawyers Association and a former Director of the State Bar of Texas.

Regent Crain is the former Chairman of the Texas Board of Criminal Justice and is the first and only woman to lead the nine-member board. While at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, she implemented many successful programs, such as TDCJ GO KIDS and the widely recognized AMACHI Texas mentoring initiative. She has a Texas State prison facility named in her honor - the Christina Melton Crain Unit in Gatesville, Texas.

Her additional service to the State of Texas includes Board President - Trinity River Authority of Texas Board of Directors; Public Member - Public Transportation Advisory Committee; Director, Texas Correctional Managed Health Care Committee; and, Texas Lieutenant Governor's Representative - Texas Supreme Court Rules Committee. Current community service includes: U. T. College of Liberal Arts Advisory Committee - Life Member; Dallas County Criminal Justice Advisory Board - Reentry Subcommittee Chair; Safer Dallas Better Dallas Executive Committee. Past community service includes U. T. Dallas Center for Vital Longevity Advisory Council; Texas Exes Council for The University of Texas at Austin; Dallas Bar Foundation Board of Trustees; Texas Lyceum Board of Directors; Baylor Health Care System Foundation Board of Directors; Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star Executive Board of Directors; Texas Regional Board of Directors for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children; Patriot PAWS Service Dogs Board of Directors; and multiple leadership roles in the Junior League of Dallas.

Regent Crain has received numerous honors and rewards including the Silver U.S. Congressional Medal of Honor for Voluntarism; The University of Texas at Austin’s Young Texas-Ex Award; Oklahoma City University School of Law Distinguished Alumni Award; the Texas Corrections Association Ellen Halbert Victims Advocacy Award; naming as a Texas Monthly Super Lawyer and to D Magazine's Best Women Lawyers in Dallas; and recent recognition by both the Dallas Business Journal with its 2017 Women in Business Award and Altrusa International of Richardson Foundation, Inc.'s Outstanding Women of Today Award in the nonprofit category.

Regent Crain is a third-generation Dallasite and attended Kimball High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in government from The University of Texas at Austin and a law degree from Oklahoma City University School of Law. In her spare time, Regent Crain is a professional singer.

Overview
Career Highlights

Dallas Bar Association
Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
Unlocking DOORS

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Number of Boards

8

Number of Awards

2

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Senior Counsel at Thompson & Knight LLP

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Former President & Chief Executive Officer at Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star

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Former Imm President at Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star

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Chief Executive Officer at Robinson Value Management Ltd.

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Director at MB & Edna Zale Foundation

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The Dallas Morning News
April 3, 2017
Nonprofit offering ex-offenders the tools to stay free
The Dallas Morning News
May 30, 2016
Experts: Young killer earned second chance
The Dallas Morning News
December 26, 2015
Locked up at 11, granted parole at 32
The New York Times - Biographical Materials
March 23, 2014
A Prison Alliance: Dog Trainers and Veterans
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Christina Melton Crain
President at Dallas Bar Association
Education
Law Degree

Oklahoma City University School of Law, also known as OCU Law, is one of the professional graduate schools of Oklahoma City University.

Bachelor's Degree in Government

The University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest public universities in the United States and is the largest institution of The University of Texas System. Founded in 1883, the university has grown from a single building, eight teachers, two departments and 221 students to a 350-acre main campus with 17 colleges and schools, about 24,000 faculty and staff, and more than 50,000 students.

Memberships
Member

The Dallas Bar Association or DBA is a professional organization providing resources for attorneys and the public in the city of Dallas, Texas. Founded in 1873, the DBA is a voluntary professional association of 10,000+ lawyers. It is dedicated to the continuing education of its members, as well as community programs. For years, the Dallas Bar Association headquarters were housed in the offices of the then-current president. In 1937, headquarters were established in a small space under the stairs of the Old Red Courthouse. Ten years later, the DBA was the state’s first bar association to incorporate. Incorporators envisioned the Association someday being housed in its own building.

Career History
President
2009 - Current

The Dallas Bar Association or DBA is a professional organization providing resources for attorneys and the public in the city of Dallas, Texas. Founded in 1873, the DBA is a voluntary professional association of 10,000+ lawyers. It is dedicated to the continuing education of its members, as well as community programs. For years, the Dallas Bar Association headquarters were housed in the offices of the then-current president. In 1937, headquarters were established in a small space under the stairs of the Old Red Courthouse. Ten years later, the DBA was the state’s first bar association to incorporate. Incorporators envisioned the Association someday being housed in its own building.

Founder
Current
President
Prior

Dallas Association of Young Lawyers is a nonprofit company headquartered in Dallas, TX. The firm operates as a lawyers association.

Boards & Committees
Ex Officio Member, Rules Advisory Committee
1999 - 2001

The Supreme Court of Texas is the court of last resort for non-criminal matters (including juvenile delinquency which the law considers to be a civil matter and not criminal) in the state of Texas. A different court, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, is the court of last resort for criminal matters. The Court is composed of a Chief Justice and eight Associate Justices. The Court meets in Downtown Austin, Texas in a building located on the state Capitol grounds, behind the Texas State Capitol.

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2011

The Dallas Bar Association or DBA is a professional organization providing resources for attorneys and the public in the city of Dallas, Texas. Founded in 1873, the DBA is a voluntary professional association of 10,000+ lawyers. It is dedicated to the continuing education of its members, as well as community programs. For years, the Dallas Bar Association headquarters were housed in the offices of the then-current president. In 1937, headquarters were established in a small space under the stairs of the Old Red Courthouse. Ten years later, the DBA was the state’s first bar association to incorporate. Incorporators envisioned the Association someday being housed in its own building.

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2008

The Junior League of Dallas is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Founded in 1922, the Junior League of Dallas, Inc. trains members for effective participation in the community and is dedicated to the belief that volunteer service is an essential part of responsible citizenship.

Awards & Honors
1999
Dallas Bar Association - JoAnna Moreland Outstanding Committee Chair Award
Texas Monthly Magazine - Texas Super Lawyer
Other Affiliations

Christina Melton Crain is affiliated with Dallas Bar Association, Unlocking DOORS, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers

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