Jurist In Residence
Hon. Dean Rucker, Presiding Judge Seventh Administrative Region
The Honorable Dean Rucker is the Presiding Judge of the Seventh Administrative Judicial Region of Texas, Senior Judge of the 318th Family District Court, sitting by assignment, and serves as Supreme Court Children's Commission Jurist in Residence (JIR).
Judge Rucker is board certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is the 2015 recipient of the Judge Sam Emison Memorial Award given by the Texas Academy of Family Lawyers and the 2014 recipient of the Samuel Pessarra Outstanding Jurist Award presented by the Texas Bar Foundation. In 2015, Judge Rucker received the Judicial Excellence in Education Award from the Texas Center for the Judiciary. He is also the 2014 recipient of the Harriett Herd Founders Award from Centers for Children and Families of Midland. In 2006, he was awarded the Chair’s Award of Excellence by the Texas Center for the Judiciary. Judge Rucker was also honored as the 2005 Jurist of the Year by the Texas Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. In 1997, Texas CASA recognized Judge Rucker as the Clayton E. Evans Judge of the Year. Judge Rucker is Past Chair of the Judicial Section, State Bar of Texas and the Texas Center for the Judiciary. He is a member of the Family Law Section and serves on the Family Law Council, the Formbook Committee, and the Legislative Committee. He previously served as the Judicial Advisor to the Family Law Council for many years. He is a member of the Texas Family Law Foundation and serves as the Judicial Advisor on its Board of Directors. Judge Rucker is the Vice-Chair of the State Bar Pattern Jury Charge Oversight Committee and a past member of the State Bar Pattern Jury Charge-Family/Probate Committee. He is a member of the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists and the Midland County Bar Association. Judge Rucker was a charter Commissioner on the Supreme Court of Texas Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth
As JIR, Judge Rucker assists with developing curriculum for the annual Child Welfare Judges Conference, reviews updates of the Child Protection Law Bench Book, and provides technical assistance during the Texas Legislative Session and other special matters.
Judge Rucker has spoken at conferences for the Texas Center for the Judiciary, the National Council of Family and Juvenile Court Judges (NCJFCJ), the State Bar of Texas, and the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists. He earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Trinity University in 1977 and a J.D. from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 1980.
Hon. Rob Hofmann, Judge of the 452nd District Court
Rob Hofmann began his career of public service for the State of Texas in 1996, now serving as judge of the 452nd Judicial District in the western Hill Country. In 2018, Judge Hofmann was appointed by the Supreme Court of Texas to serve as a Jurist in Residence for the Children’s Commission and later received the Texas CASA Judicial Leadership Award. In 2016, Education Reach for Texans formally recognized his work as chair of the Commission’s Foster Care and Education Committee to improve educational outcomes for children. He is a Board Member of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and has served Texas as the judicial representative at the Children’s Bureau State Planning Meeting and National Court Improvement Program Judicial Leadership Convening. In 2011, Judge Hofmann was named Texas CASA Judge of the Year and has worked with the National Center for State Courts, both as faculty and to help in creation of the first national ASFA Well-Being Outcomes. He is a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas and Sustaining Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. Judge Hofmann graduated from Texas A&M University and Texas Tech University School of Law. He and his wife are former foster parents and have two children.