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Several of the Division’s Administrative Law Judges are relocating to new offices, while others are either leaving for good or returning for more.

Just last October, Judge Geri-Lyn Thomas left the DWC to preside over cases at the State Office of Administrative Hearings. However, after a brief sojourn, Judge Thomas has returned to her post at the Division’s Dallas Field Office. We are certainly glad to have her back. 

Judge Katie Kidd will be transferring from the Dallas Field Office to the Division’s Central Office in Austin, where she will assume a new position in quality control and oversight.

As one judge arrives in Austin, another departs. Last May, Dee Marlo Chico, formerly one of the DWC’s traveling judges, accepted a position on the Appeals Panel, but has decided to move on.  Judge Chico is leaving the DWC imminently for her new post at the Railroad Commission. 

No word yet on who might replace Judge Chico on the Appeals Panel, but one possibility might be Judge Travis Dupree. Judge Dupree has been the Division’s sole ALJ in Midland since 2015, but is also relocating to the Central Office in Austin as the Division’s new designated traveling ALJ, a position most recently held by . . . Judge Dee Marlo Chico!

Finally, the Midland judgeship is the province of Robert Clarkson, a University of Houston alum who graduated from the University of Pittsburgh Law School in 2000. Judge Clarkson previously practiced insurance defense litigation in Irving, Texas. We are happy to welcome him.

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