SAN ANGELO, TX — Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Carmen Symes Dusek judge to the 51st Judicial District Court in Coke, Irion, Schleicher, Sterling and Tom Green Counties for a for a term set to expire December 31, 2020, or until her successor shall be duly elected and qualified.
She will replace outgoing Judge Barbara Walther who is retiring.
Carmen Symes Dusek of San Angelo is senior counsel at Jackson Walker, LLP. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, National Association of Counsel for Children, and the Defense Research Institute and fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. She is former vice president of the Tom Green County Bar Association, former nominations committee member of the Texas Association of Defense Council, and a former member of the Texas Young Lawyers Association and the Tom Green County Young Lawyers Association, a former gubernatorial appointee to the Texas Protect Our Kids Commission. Dusek received a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University and a Juris Doctor degree from Texas Tech University School of Law.
Dusek unsuccessfully ran for the 391st District Judge position in the March 2016 Republican Primaries. She was defeated by Judge Brad Goodwin in a very heated race.
“I am honored to have been chosen by Governor Abbott from a pool of well-respected applicants who are all outstanding trial attorneys, and I am humbled to succeed Judge Barbara Walther, one of the most respected and experienced trial judges in Texas," Dusek said in a statement. "I look forward to serving the people within the 51st Judicial District. I promise to work hard, treat parties and attorneys before the Court with dignity and respect, and to ensure that the laws of the great State of Texas are applied with fairness and impartiality.”