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

VICTORIA – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott recognized Jill Sklar, an assistant attorney general in the Child Support Division’s Victoria office, for her commitment to Texas children. Sklar was named “Assistant Attorney General of the Year” for the Child Support Division’s Austin region, which covers 42 counties. Attorney General Greg Abbott presented the award to Sklar on Wednesday at the Statewide Assistant Attorneys General Conference in Houston.

“Jill Sklar’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, Jill stands out as one of the state’s most dedicated and impressive lawyers. We are grateful to Jill Sklar for her commitment to Texas children.”

AAG of the Year Award Recipient

Jill Sklar

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.

Sklar, who has been an assistant attorney general in the Child Support Division since 2008, represents the State of Texas in legal actions to establish paternity between children of unmarried parents and their biological fathers. She also works to establish, enforce and modify court orders that require parents to provide child support and medical support.

Sklar, a graduate of the University of Houston Law Center, was chosen to be the region’s “Assistant Attorney General of the Year” because of the respect she garners as a worthy and fearless trial litigator. From her first day in the Victoria office, Sklar never displayed any hesitation to tackle duties head on. She has earned the respect of judges and her co-workers.

“Ms. Sklar is one of our most able and skilled attorneys,” said Rolando Ramirez, senior regional attorney for the Austin region. “She is fearless in court and dedicated to our mission. She is a credit to our agency and the profession.”

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 Victoria child support office covers Victoria and 10 surrounding counties. In the state fiscal year that ended August 31, 2011, the office handled 18,986 cases and collected more than $55 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.