HomeSusan Rankin — Former District Court Judge

Susan Rankin — Former District Court Judge

Bio 2001 Bryan Street, Suite 1800 Dallas, Texas 75201 214-880-1844

Education

  • Texas Tech University School of Law, J.D., 1985
  • Trinity University, Clinical Psychology, M.S., 1978
  • Southern Methodist University, Psychology, B.S., 1976

Admitted to Practice

  • Licensed to Practice law in State of Texas – 1985
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas – 1986
  • Licensed by the United States Supreme Court – 2016

Qualification

  • Collaborative Training – 2007
  • Sid Stahl & John Estes Mediation Training – 2007
  • Child Custody and Domestic Violence Institute Technical Assistance Collaborative Addressing Domestic Violence and Child Custody – 2005
  • National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence Enhancing Judicial Skills In Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange – 2004
  • Settlement Consultants, Inc. General Civil Law and Family Law Mediation Training – 1992
  • Board Certified Texas Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization – 1992
  • Texas Psychological Association Psychological Associate Certification – 1979

Awards & Honors

  • DMagazine’s Top Women Lawyers in North Texas 2010

Affiliations and Memberships

  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists
  • Texas Family Law Foundation
  • Dallas Bar Association Family Law Section former member Board of Directors
  • Texas Bar Association
  • Advisory Board FLP Supervision Center former member
  • Annette Stewart Inn of Court --member
  • Mac Taylor Inn of Court – former member

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Presiding Judge, 254th Judicial District Court, Dallas County, Texas – 2015 to 2017
  • Presiding Judge, 301st Judicial District Court, Dallas County, Texas – 1997 to 2006
  • Associate Judge, 301st Judicial District Court, Dallas County, Texas – 1994 to 1997
  • Vial, Hamilton, Koch & Knox, Associate - 1987 to 1991
  • Gardere & Wynne, Associate - 1985 to 1987

Sample Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, District Judge’s Forum, Dallas Bar Assoc., Family Law Bench Bar, February 2017
  • Panelist, As Family Courts Judges See It: Top Mistakes Attorneys Make in Litigating Divorce, National Business Institute, Dallas, TX, October 21, 2016
  • Panelist, District Judge’s Forum, Dallas Bar Assoc., Family Law Bench Bar, February 2016
  • Panelist, District Judge’s Panel, Jeff Coen Family Law Nuts & Bolts, Dallas Bar Assoc, Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program and the Family Law Section, September 2015
  • Co Author and Speaker, Psychological Testing in Custody Evaluations Involving Substance Abuse and Sexual Accusations, Sex, Drugs & Surveillance Course, Houston, TX, January 9 10, 2014
  • Co Author and Speaker, Understanding Possession Schedules: Principles and Strategies, Advanced Family Law Seminar, San Antonio, TX, August 5 8, 2013
  • Speaker, Alienation, Protection or Manipulation? Innovations/Breaking Boundaries in Custody Litigation, UTCLE, Austin, TX January 24 25, 2013
  • Speaker, Private Termination and Adoption, Advanced Family Law Seminar, San Antonio, TX, August 10 14, 2008
  • Co Author and Speaker, Private Termination and Adoption, 8th Annual Family Law on the Front Lines, UTCLE, Galveston, TX, June 19 20, 2008
  • Speaker, Understanding the Special Considerations of Navigating a Domestic Violence Case, Family Law Section of the Dallas Bar Association and Central Dallas Ministries, Dallas, TX, October 2006
  • Speaker, Family: Custody vs. Adoption, Navigating Family Courts, Legal Workshop for Grandparents, Dallas County Kincare Legal Symposium, Dallas, TX, October 2006
  • Speaker, The Empowerment of Protective Orders, Texas Institute of Continuing Education, Learning to Make the Fax Family Code Work for You, Dallas, TX, October 2006
  • Panelist, Dos and Don’ts In The Courtroom, Dallas Bar Association’s 15th Annual Bench Bar Conference, Horseshoe Bay, September 2006
  • Contributing Author, Title 4 Protective Orders and Family Violence, Lexis Nexis Texas Annotated Family Code, by Debra H. Lehrmann, 2006 Edition
  • Panelist, The Fifth Annual ACR Judge’s Panel, The Association for Conflict Resolution, Dallas, TX, September 2005
  • Speaker, Pro Bono & Family Law, Dallas Bar Association, Dallas, TX, June 2005
  • Panelist, A Practical Guide to the Court Appointed Representation of Children in Family Law Cases, Dallas Bar Association Family Law Section, Dallas, TX, January 2005
  • Speaker, Economic Contribution and Relocation, TAFLS Trial Institute, New Orleans, LA, January 2005
  • Speaker, Family Violence and Possession, Dallas Family Court Services Training, Dallas, TX, November 2004
  • Speaker, Ramifications of Affirmative Findings of Family Violence, North Texas Legal Services, Dallas, TX, August 2004
  • Speaker, Grandparent Access, August 2004
  • Co Author and Speaker, Ramifications of Affirmative Findings of Family Violence, Family Violence Conference, Texas Center for the Judiciary, Galveston, TX, March 2004
  • Panelist, High Conflict Families: Methods Founded in Therapeutic Jurisprudence, AFCC Conference, Dallas, TX, October 2003
  • Speaker, Predicates and Objections: Rapid fire Offers and Rulings, TAFLS Trial Institute Cancun, January 2003
  • Co Author and Speaker, Trying the Complicated Temporary Order, etc., Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, August 2002
  • Panelist, District Judges Panel: 10 Bad Things That Good Lawyers Do, Family Law On the Front Lines, University of Texas School of Law, Galveston, TX, April 2002
  • Speaker, Tips and Examples for More Effective Presentation of Expert Testimony, Advanced Expert Witness Course, State Bar of Texas, Dallas, TX, February 2002
  • Panelist, Panel Discussion on Mental Health Experts, Panel Discussion on the Tracing Expert, Daubert Prove up of Psychological Testing & Diagnosis, Advanced Expert Witness Course, State Bar of Texas, February 2001
  • Speaker, Relocation of Children: Legal Issues and Mental Health Evidence, State Bar of Texas Telephone CLE, January 2000
  • Speaker, Discovery Rules, A Discussion & Analysis of the New Rules of Discovery, 25th
  • Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, August 1999
  • Panelist, Living in Dangerous Times: Family Violence etc., Assoc. Judge/IV D Master’s Seminar, State Bar of Texas, August 1999
  • Panelist, Impact of the New Rules of Discovery, etc., State Bar of Texas 1999
  • Co Author and Speaker, Rebutting the JMC Presumption What the Judge Must Hear, 24th Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas 1998
  • Speaker & Panelist, Discovery Update, 23rd Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, August 1997
  • Speaker, Settlement Agreement Enforcement & Your Ethical Problems, 20th Annual Marriage Dissolution, State Bar of Texas 1997
  • Panelist and Lecturer, Relocation Issues and the Texas Family Code, Dallas Bar Assoc. Family Law Bench Bar 1997
  • Speaker, Discovery Update, 22nd Annual Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, August 1996
  • Speaker, Expectation of Experts B Bench Perspective, Dallas County America Society of Appraisers 1996
  • Speaker, Putting Power in Your Pen: Effective Drafting Techniques B Family Law (A Practitioner’s Perspective) (A view from the Bench), Annual Meeting of the Legal Assistants Division of the State Bar of Texas 1996
  • Panelist and Lecturer, Dallas Bar Assoc. Family Law Bench Bar 1996
  • Author and Speaker, Social and Psychological Studies, Advanced Family Law Course for Legal Assistants, State Bar of Texas 1996
  • Author and Speaker, Part Two: Securing Alimony and Enforcement, Family Law Practice After the New Legislation, University of Houston Law Foundation 1996
  • Speaker, Legislative Changes, Irving Bar Association Family Law Section 1995
  • Speaker, Objective Assessment Techniques and Judicial Decision Making in Custody Evaluations, Co speaker with Dr. Jeffrey C. Siegel, Texas Psychological Association Annual Convention 1994
  • Speaker, The Changing Role of the Psychologist in Child Custody Determinations, Co Speaker with Dr. Jeffrey C. Siegel and Cynthia Pladziewicz, J.D., Texas Psychological Association Annual Convention 1994
  • Speaker, Temporary Hearings, Dallas County Pro Bono Project 1994

Publications, Seminars, and Cases

  • Co‑Author and Speaker, Psychological Testing in Custody Evaluations Involving Substance Abuse and Sexual Accusations, Sex, Drugs & Surveillance Course, Houston, TX, January 9‑10, 2014
  • Co‑Author and Speaker, Understanding Possession Schedules: Principles and Strategies, Advanced Family Law Seminar, San Antonio, TX, August 5‑8, 2013
  • Contributing Author, Title 4 Protective Orders and Family Violence, Lexis Nexis Texas Annotated Family Code, by Debra H. Lehrmann, 2011 ‑ 2012 Editions
  • Co‑Author and Speaker, Private Termination and Adoption, 8th Annual Family Law on the Front Lines, UTCLE, Galveston, TX, June 19‑20, 2008
  • Contributing Author, Title 4 Protective Orders and Family Violence, Lexis Nexis Texas Annotated Family Code, by Debra H. Lehrmann, 2006 Edition
  • Co‑Author and Speaker, Ramifications of Affirmative Findings of Family Violence, Family Violence Conference, Texas Center for the Judiciary, Galveston, TX, March 2004
  • Co‑Author and Speaker, Trying the Complicated Temporary Order, etc., Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, August 2002
  • Co‑Author and Speaker, Rebutting the JMC Presumption‑What the Judge Must Hear, 24th Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas 1998
  • Author and Speaker, Social and Psychological Studies, Advanced Family Law Course for Legal Assistants, State Bar of Texas 1996
  • Author and Speaker, Part Two: Securing Alimony and Enforcement, Family Law Practice After the New Legislation, University of Houston Law Foundation 1996
  • Co‑Author, Attorney Guide to Family Court Services, assisted in preparation with Linda Hahn 1995