The Hon. Carmen Symes Dusek is a judge of the 51st District Court of Coke, Irion, Schleicher, Sterling, and Tom Green Counties. She was appointed to the bench in 2018 by Governor Greg Abbott. Dusek is known for her involvement as lead attorney in the child custody case against Warren Jeffs Yearning For Zion polygamist compound.
Before pursuing a legal career, Dusek graduated with a B.A. from Texas Tech University in 1992. She then went on to earn her J.D. in 1996 from Texas Tech University School of Law.
After earning her law degree, Dusek worked as an associate attorney from 1997 to 2000 for Jackson Walker, LLP. She then went on to join her father as a partner at Symes Dusek, LLP. Dusek worked there until 2017 when she returned to Jackson Walker to serve as senior counsel. She served in that position until 2018 when she took the bench seat of the 51st District.
In addition to her services to the court, Dusek is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, National Association of Counsel for Children, the Defense Research Institute, and the Texas Bar Foundation. She formerly served as vice president for the Tom Green County Bar Association, nominations committee member for the Texas Association of Defense Council, and member of the Texas Young Lawyers Association and the Tom Green County Young Lawyers Association.
Dusek is a registered Republican.
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