Jurists in Residence

The Jurist in Residence (JIR) position was created to foster judicial leadership and promote greater expertise among child protection judges. The JIR acts as a consultant, trainer, and speaker to provide expert and seasoned judicial advice on matters affecting courts and legal system handling of child welfare cases and issues.  

The JIR assists with development of 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. Additionally, informational letters and "blasts" concerning items of interests, such as training events, are routinely issued and can be found here.

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Dean Rucker

Serves on the Children's Commission as one of the Jurist in Residence. Judge Rucker serves as the Presiding Judge for the Seventh Administrative Judicial Region of Texas since 1998 and as judge of the 318th Judicial District in Midland County since 1988. Judge Rucker was a longtime member of the Supreme Court Task Force on Foster Care, created in 1994 ...

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   Physical Address
    Children’s Commission
Supreme Court Building
201 W. 14th Street, Room 104
Austin, TX 78701
   Mailing Address
    Children’s Commission
P.O. Box 12248
Austin, TX 78711
(512) 463-5384
(512) 463-8895
Email:  children@txcourts.gov