THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF TEXAS
Ken Paxton

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Attorney General Greg Abbott Names San Angelo Child Support Employee Assistant Attorney General of the Year

SAN ANGELO Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today recognized Patricia Ann Stone, an assistant attorney general in the Child Support Division’s San Angelo office, for her commitment to Texas children. Stone was named Assistant Attorney General of the Year for the Child Support Division’s Lubbock region, which covers 86 counties. First Assistant Attorney General Daniel Hodge presented the award to Stone on Wednesday at the Statewide Assistant Attorneys General Conference in Austin.

Patricia Stone’s hard work and dedication help ensure thousands of young Texans receive the child support they need to become healthy, successful adults, Attorney General Abbott said. A committed and selfless public servant, Patricia stands out as one of the state’s most dedicated and impressive lawyers. We are grateful to Patricia Ann Stone for her commitment to Texas children.

AAG of the Year award recipient

Patricia Stone

Deputy Attorney General for Child Support Alicia Key selected one assistant attorney general from each of the state’s nine child support regions, along with an assistant attorney general from the main office in Austin. Honorees are chosen based on recommendations from their peers and supervisors, with a particular focus on employees who are willing to go beyond their normal duties to serve Texas children. Each recipient demonstrates a desire to serve Texas families, help their colleagues and enhance the Attorney General’s Child Support Division.

Stone, who joined the Office of the Attorney General in 1999, transferred to the San Angelo office in July 2010. She is responsible for establishing legally recognized relationships between children and their unmarried parents. As an assistant attorney general, she also works to establish, enforce and modify court orders that require parents to provide child support and medical support.

Stone, a graduate of Texas Tech University School of Law, was chosen to be the region’s Assistant Attorney General of the Year because of her legal expertise, professionalism and team work. Stone’s colleagues praise her fierce advocacy for the families of Texas and straightforward approach to handling legal cases.

Patricia’s talents, both in the office and in the courtroom are exceptional. She has willingly embraced her role as a line attorney, yet stands ready to put her years of managerial expertise and interpersonal skills to use when asked, said Terrell Thompson, senior regional attorney for the Child Support Division’s Lubbock region. We don’t encounter truly zealous advocates as often as we should. Patricia Stone is a true advocate for this agency, an authentic ambassador for the Child Support Division, and I am grateful to have her on our side.

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.

The San Angelo child support office covers Tom Green and 13 surrounding counties. In the state fiscal year that ended August 31, 2010, the office handled 11,149 cases and collected more than $22 million.

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 website at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.