Thursday, July 7, 2005

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Attorney General Abbott Recognizes Weslaco Attorney For Dedication To Texas Children

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today recognized Donna O’Shea, Assistant Attorney General for the Child Support Division in the Weslaco office, for her outstanding work on behalf of the children of Texas. O’Shea, selected as the Assistant Attorney General of the Year for the 13-county region based in McAllen, was honored at the Statewide Assistant Attorneys General Conference in Austin.

“I commend Donna for consistently raising the bar and working hard to improve the lives of Texas children and families,” said Attorney General Abbott. “Attorneys in our agency often make significant sacrifices to work here, and I thank them for answering the call to serve the people of Texas.”

AAG of the Year award recipient
Donna O'Shea
Donna O'Shea
(Region 3, Weslaco)

Abbott recognized one Assistant Attorney General from each of Texas’ eight Child Support regional offices and the state office in Austin. Recipients were selected based on recommendations from their peers and supervisors and their willingness to go beyond what is required in their normal duties. Each recipient demonstrated a desire to help others and enhance the Attorney General’s Child Support Division.

O’Shea, who joined the Office of the Attorney General in 2001 as a staff attorney, was promoted to managing attorney in 2002. She represents the State of Texas in legal actions to establish the relationship between children and their biological parents. She also works to establish, enforce and modify court orders for child support and medical support. A graduate of Baylor Law School, O’Shea was chosen to be Assistant Attorney General of the Year due to her ability to tackle challenges with confidence and assurance, and her willingness to take on extra duties.
O’Shea’s colleagues praise her enthusiasm and dedication to ensuring the children of Texas receive the financial support they need and deserve.

“Ms. O’Shea places organizational needs ahead of personal convenience,” said Norma Villa, Senior Regional Attorney. “This and her ability to respond positively and promptly to the frequent changes required by our program is refreshing.”

The Attorney General’s Child Support Division offers an array of services to help families, including: locating absent parents; establishing paternity for children born to unmarried parents; establishing, enforcing, and modifying child and medical support orders; and collecting and distributing child support payments.

For more information about the Office of the Attorney General and the child support services it offers, call (800) 252-8014 or visit the agency’s Web site at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.