The Honorable Carlos Villalon Jr. was appointed as Associate Judge for the Child
Protection Court of the Rio Grande Valley West on June 4, 2012, and presides over CPS
cases in both Hidalgo and Starr Counties. He also serves as a Commissioner on the
Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth, and Families by Supreme Court of
Texas ("Texas Children's Commission"). And, his court also participates as a model court in the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges’ Implementation Sites
Judge Villalon earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the
University of Texas- Pan American in 1991; and after teaching middle school students
for two-years in La Joya, Texas, followed his post-graduate education at St. Mary’s
University- School of Law where he earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree in 1997.
His career as an attorney has spanned both the private and public sectors with an
emphasis in Child Advocacy, Indigent Representation, Family Law, and Bankruptcy
Law. His previous public service includes practice as an Assistant Criminal District
Attorney, Assistant Attorney General, and Regional Attorney with the Texas Department
of Family and Protective Services.