Justice David A. Chandler was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi, and moved with his family to Weir just before his first year of school. He graduated from Weir High School and then attended Mississippi State University, where he earned his bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in education. Justice Chandler earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Mississippi and his Master of Laws in the Judicial Process from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Justice Chandler spent the first twenty years of his professional career in education. For approximately ten years, he served as a teacher, counselor, school psychometrist and administrator with the Choctaw County public schools. Justice Chandler then moved to the college level, where he served as a research and curriculum specialist at Mississippi State University. In this capacity, he directed the development of curriculum material for secondary and post-secondary work force training programs. His work was designed to provide a more skilled work force in order to attract business and industry to Mississippi.
Following law school, Justice Chandler practiced law in Tupelo. In January 2000, his law firm opened a branch office in Choctaw County, where he served as the attorney for the Board of Supervisors, a position he held until beginning his service on the Mississippi Court of Appeals in January 2001. He also served as municipal judge for his hometown of Weir from 1999 until beginning work on the appellate court.
Justice Chandler was elected to the Mississippi Court of Appeals in November 2000, and re-elected, without opposition, in 2006. After serving as a judge on the Court of Appeals for eight years, Justice Chandler was elected to the Mississippi Supreme Court. He commenced his duties as a Supreme Court justice on January 1, 2009.
Justice Chandler has served on numerous committees including chairperson of the Court of Appeals Rules Committee and co-chairperson of the Professionalism Committee of the Mississippi Bar, as well as serving as a member of the Supreme Court Committee on Administrative and Related Matters. He presently serves as chair of the Mississippi Continuing Judicial Education Committee. He serves as adjunct professor at Mississippi College School of Law, where he teaches judicial administration, and he is a member of the Charles Clark Inns of Court. He was named the 2010 Alumnus of the Year by the Mississippi State University College of Education.
Throughout his career, Justice Chandler has authored professional articles in the field of education as well as in the legal field. In July 2007, Justice Chandler had published an article in the professional journal for Mississippi Bar members. The article addressed methods of improving professionalism among lawyers. Justice Chandlerís thesis for his LLM degree consisted of a comprehensive analysis of Mississippi statutory law pertaining to acts of violence committed on school property. Since becoming a member of the appellate courts of Mississippi, Justice Chandler has authored well over 600 opinions.
Justice Chandler is a member of the Tupelo Bar Association, the Mississippi Bar, and the American Bar Association. He and his wife, Glenda, reside in Ackerman, where they attend the First United Methodist Church. He is the proud father of two sons.