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Judge Tena Callahan of the 302nd Family District Court welcomes Judge Susan Rankin who presides over the 254th, a specialized court which only which hears Family matters, to the Altrusa Club of Downtown Dallas. The service club boasts a large number of attorneys among its membership, along with CPAs, business owners and non-profit leaders. The international service club is celebrating its 100th anniversary and members are encouraged to do 100 hours of service over the next 12 months. The focus of the club is improving literacy and supporting women and children in crisis, mainly in the downtown Dallas area.

Altrusa International of Downtown Dallas adds New Member, Judge Susan Rankin, Tues

The Altrusa International Club of Downtown Dallas added a new member on August 16, 2016.

Judge Susan Rankin, a native Texan, has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Southern Methodist University and a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology, and a graduate of the Texas Tech School of Law. 

She began her law career at the Gardere Law Firm, one of Texas’ oldest and largest law firms, in the banking and bankruptcy sections, then moved into family law at Vial Hamilton Koch & Knox. 

She began her judicial career in 1994 taking care of the families and children in the 301st Family District Court as the Associate Judge.  Three years later she was appointed by then-Governor George W. Bush to complete the term of the retiring Judge. Susan was re-elected twice after her appointment, and in August 2015, appointed as the Presiding Judge of the 254th Family District Bench by Governor Greg Abbott. She was listed in D Magazine’s Top Women Lawyers in North Texas in 2010 and is a member of the Texas Family Law Foundation, the State Bar of Texas, the Dallas Bar Association, and the Annette Stewart Inn of Court and is licensed to practice in the State of Texas, the Northern District of Texas and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Judge Rankin has consistently been endorsed by the Committee for a Qualified Judiciary and has received approval from Dallas lawyers as reflected by her high Bar Poll ratings during her tenure serving on the prior bench.  While presiding over her court, she received the number one ranking three times for the highest number of cases disposed of and the number two ranking twice.  The court also had the lowest net cost per case in Dallas County.

Active in the community, Judge Rankin has served in the Junior League of Dallas, on the Executive Board of the Ronald McDonald House, helped build a Habitat for Humanity home, volunteered at both Parkland Hospital’s Emergency Room and Parkland’s OB/GYM Emergency Room and at Baylor Hospital.  She has been a vacation bible school volunteer at her church, a member of the Edna Gladney Family Association, Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and served on the advisory board of the Suicide & Crisis Center.  Susan currently volunteers at the Stewpot serving breakfast at the Bridge.

Next Month the Altrusa Club of Downtown Dallas will have a special Membership Meeting on the third Tuesday of the month, September 20, 2016 from 11:45 to 1:00 p.m. at the City Club in downtown Dallas in the Bank of America Building, located at 901 Main Street, on the 69th floor, Dallas, TX 75202, phone 214-748-9525. FREE Parking is available in the Texas Club parking garage (red brick building) across the street.

For more information about attending the Membership meeting in September contact: Kimberly Abmeyer at

Author Judy Porter is the President of Porter People PR, and has been a member of the Altrusa International of Downtown Dallas Club since 1990. She currently serves on the Board as the Vice President of Communications. She an be reached at

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