Jurists in Residence
District Judge 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 and was a founding member of the Children's Commission before becoming a Jurist in Residence. He is a member of the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. He has served in numerous leadership capacities and also chairs the Children's Commission's Legislative Committee.