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Richard Deck is an attorney and counselor at law, and a mediator. He has been named a Child Welfare Law Specialist by the American Bar Association and the National Association of Counsel for Children. He is licensed in Texas, the Western District of Texas and the United States Supreme Court.

Professional History
  • Chair, El Paso Family Law Bar Association, CLE Committee - 2021 to Present
  • Private Practice - July 2014 to Present
  • State Bar of Texas - Child Protection Law Section, Awards Committee 2022
  • Children’s Commission of Texas, Appellate Representation Workgroup - 2022
  • Council Member, State Bar of Texas, Child Protection Law Section - 2022 to 2023
  • Assistant County Attorney, El Paso, Texas Child Protection Unit - December 2006 to June 2014
  • Special Litigation Attorney, Boerne, Texas Texas Department of Family and Protective Services - 2001 to December 2006
  • Regional Attorney, San Antonio, Texas Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Region 8 - 1997 to 2001
  • Private Practice - 1994 to 1997
Past CLE and Educational Presentations
  • Nuts and Bolts Seminar for the Hidalgo County Bar Association, May 7, 2004
  • Advocacy Training Conference for the Child Protection Court of the Rio Grande Valley, October 18 and 19, 2007 “Children’s Ad Litem Representation.”
  • 2009 Beyond the Bench Conference for the Texas Center for the Judiciary, Dallas, Texas, May 5, 2009
  • 2009 CPS Law and the Practice of Being a Good Child Advocate, El Paso, Texas, July 10, 2009 on the topic of “Final Trial, Fifth Amendment Issues, Collateral Estoppel and Termination Grounds.”
  • 2011 Texas District and County Attorney Association Seminar, Houston, Texas, April 13, 2011 “Concurrent Planning”
  • 2011 2nd Annual Child Welfare Law Seminar, El Paso, Texas, June 15, 2011 “Termination Grounds and the Best Interests of the Child”
  • 2011 Monthly Statewide CLE Scan Call for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services “Concurrent Planning and Trial Preparation” June 16, 2011.
  • 2011 UTEP-Law School Preparation Institute/CASA Training, University Texas at El Paso, 1 August, 2011 “Ethics: the Duties of the Attorney ad Litem and the Guardian ad Litem.”
  • 2011 TDCAA Annual Criminal & Civil Law Update, “Concurrent Planning and Representing the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services” September, 2011, Corpus Christi, Texas
  • 2011 UTEP-Law School Preparation Institute/CASA Training, University Texas at El Paso, 14 and 15 November, 2011 “Termination Grounds.”
  • 2012 3rd Annual Child Welfare Law Seminar, El Paso, Texas, September 19, 2012 “The Quagmire created by Daubert/Kelly/Nenno tests for Expert Witness Testimony”
  • 2012 Monthly Statewide Scan Call for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services “Texas Rule of Evidence 702 and Motion to Strike Expert Testimony.” November 15, 2012
  • 2014 Nuts and Bolts of Child Welfare Law Seminar, El Paso, Texas, September 11 and 12, 2014. “Status and Permanency Hearings;” “Alphabet Soup;” “Evidentiary Issues;” and “Appeals”
  • 2016 UTEP - Law School Preparation Institute/CASA Training, University Texas at El Paso “Termination of Parental Rights”
  • 2017 UTEP - Law School Preparation Institute/CASA Training, University Texas at El Paso “Termination of Parental Rights”
  • 2018 UTEP - Law School Preparation Institute/CASA Training, University Texas at El Paso “Termination of Parental Rights”
  • 2018 Child Welfare Law CLE - Gates Violations
Education
  • Juris Doctorate Oklahoma City University School of Law - 1993
  • Bachelor Arts, Criminal Justice University of Texas at San Antonio - 1988
Organizations And Community Service:
  • Member of the Board of Directors for NAMI-El Paso 2008-2012
  • Chair of the By-Laws Committee for NAMI-El Paso 2009
  • President of NAMI-El Paso-2009-2010 and 2010-2011
  • Chair of Executive Committee, NAMI El Paso-2010-2011
  • Member of Fundraising Committee, NAMI Texas 2011-2012
  • Member of the Visitation Committee for the EL Paso Model Court 2009
  • Member of the Resource Guidelines Committee for the El Paso Model Court 2010
  • Member of Committee to Address County Expenditures-2010
  • Member, American Inns of Court, 2016 to Present
  • Chair, El Paso Family Law Bar Association, Legislative Committee - 2018
  • Member, El Paso Child Welfare Law Bar Association
  • Vice-President, El Paso Child Welfare Law Bar Association
Awards
  • Attorney of the Year El Paso County Attorney Office - 2010
Licenses
  • State Bar of Texas - 1993
  • Western District of Texas, Federal Court - 1994
  • United States Supreme Court - 2009
Certification
  • Certified Child Welfare Law Specialist by the National Association Counsel for Children and the American Bar Association - 2010
  • Mediator - Certified in Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Certified in Family Law Mediation
  • Certified Mediator - Guardianship
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