Tony Chavez graduated from El Paso Austin High School in 1967 and received his BA in Political Science and English from University of Texas at El Paso in 1971. He received his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Texas Tech University Law School in 1978. Tony Chavez worked for the El Paso Police Department from 1967-1975, achieving the rank of sergeant. Tony Chavez served his country in the United State Army beginning in 1964 and was honorably discharged in 1967. Tony Chavez also served as an Assistant District Attorney for Ector County, Texas from 1978-1980. He is licensed to practice in all Texas State Courts, the Supreme Court of Texas, U.S. Eastern District of Texas, the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, and the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.