Merits, Education and Service

Carmen Rivera-Worley has a history that demonstrates her initiative and capability in setting goals and achieving them. Her extensive history of service reflects constancy, determination, an ability to think creatively, and a willingness to contribute.


Jurisprudence Doctorate, University of Texas School of Law, 1982
Master’s Degree, Texas Tech University, 1978
Bachelor’s Degree, Texas A & I University, 1977 (now Texas A & M University, Kingsville)

Legal Experience

Judge, 16th Judicial District Court of Denton County, Texas, June 18, 2003 to present
Denton County Criminal District Attorney’s Office, October, 1992 to June 17, 2003
Assistant Criminal District Attorney/Chief of Civil Division Val Verde County Attorney, 1987-1992
Val Verde County Attorney’s Office, 1985-1987
Assistant County Attorney and Private practice of law, 1984-1988

Professional Associations

U. S. District Court, Southern District
Denton County Bar Association
Texas State Bar Association
Construction Law Section (past) Government Lawyer Section (past) Labor and Employment Section (past) Hispanic National Bar Association
National Association of Women Judges
Texas District Judge’s Association
Texas District and County Attorney’s Association
Board of Directors (past) Long Range Planning Committee, PublicationsCivil Committee, (past chair) Editorial Board Member, (past) Legislative Committee Member, (past) Authored papers and speakerGovernor Richard’s Prosecution Advisory Committee on the
Punishment Standards Commission, (past)Texas Association of Counties, V.G. Institute and Texas Purchasing Association Authoring papers and speaking at conferences on local government and purchasing, statewide and regional. Denton County Bail Bond Board
Denton County Juvenile Board
Texas Association of Defense Counsel – 2008 Trial Academy Faculty Member

Civic Organizations and Charities

Denton County Republican Men’s Club
Denton County Republican Women’s Club
Denton County Pachyderm Association
Denton County Republican Party Executive Committee, Precinct 125 Chairman, (past)
Denton Independent School District, Bond Progress Committee, (past)
Denton Independent School District, Communities in Schools Mentor Program, (past)
Denton Christian Preschool Board of Directors and Nominations Committee, (past)
Trinity United Methodist Church
Board of Trustees, Youth Ministries Committee Chair, Council on Ministries, (past)Ann’s Haven Hospice, Minority Access Committee, (past)
LULAC, Denton Chapter #4366
UNT League for Professional Women
Denton ISD – Communities in Schools Mentor Program (past)
The Sarah E. Worley Educational Foundation Trust, Trustee


1998 – recognized as a finalist of the “John Scott County Employee of the Year” Award
1999 – “Gerald Summerford Civil Practitioner of the Year” Award by theTexas District and County Attorney’s Association in recognition of her distinguished service to the association and her profession.
2006 Denton County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Judge of the Year.
2007 Denton County CASA Judge of the Year.


Personal Data

Married to Lee Worley, Homeland Security Officer (U.S. Customs Inspector), retired
Children:  Sarah (deceased 4/2/98), and Ernest