Thursday, August 1, 2013

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Attorney General Greg Abbott Honors Austin Attorneys for Dedication to Texas Children

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott recognized Art Alvarez and Rebecca Foster for their commitment to Texas children. Alvarez, an assistant attorney general for the Child Support Division’s Austin central office, was named “Assistant Attorney General of the Year” for the 42-county region based in Austin. Foster was selected “Assistant Attorney General of the Year” for the Child Support Division’s main office in Austin. Deputy Attorney General for Child Support Alicia Key presented the award to Alvarez and Foster on Wednesday at the Statewide Assistant Attorneys General Conference in Fort Worth.

“Through hard work and dedication, both Art Alvarez and Rebecca Foster have helped ensure thousands of young Texans have the child support they need to grow healthy and strong,” Attorney General Abbott said. “Art and Rebecca are outstanding lawyers and tremendous assets to the Child Support Division. We are grateful to both Art and Rebecca for their commitment to Texas children.”

AAG of the Year Award Recipients

Arturo Alvarez

Rebecca Foster

Deputy Attorney General 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.

Alvarez joined the office of the Attorney General in 1989 as an assistant attorney general. In 2000, he was promoted to special litigator for the region, and in 2013, he was named managing attorney for the Austin central office. As managing attorney, Alvarez represents the State of Texas in legal actions to establish paternity between children of unmarried parents and their biological fathers. He also works to establish, enforce and modify court orders that require parents to provide child support and medical support.

Alvarez, a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, was chosen to be the region’s “Assistant Attorney General of the Year” because of his extensive child support program knowledge and legal acumen. In addition, he has outstanding communication, leadership and organizational skills. He consistently demonstrates diplomacy and shows exemplary customer service skills.

“Art is one of the hardest working attorneys in the region,” said Senior Regional Attorney Rolando Ramirez. “He never says ‘no’ when asked if he can help in court or in the office. His long-time service to the Office of the Attorney General and his outstanding performance as a managing attorney speak volumes about his abilities and his contributions to the agency.”

Foster, who began her career with the Office of the Attorney General in 1995, graduated from Baylor Law School. She is responsible for forms and rules published in the Texas Administrative Code. In addition, she provides legal and content review for many of the Division’s major projects and initiatives.

Foster was chosen to be the main office’s “Assistant Attorney General of the Year” because of her management skills and willingness to give her staff independence, while providing a gentle hand to guide and counsel. As the chairperson for the Legal Forms Committee, she keeps discussions on point while ensuring that different opinions within the committee are heard.

“Rebecca’s dedication and hard work to ensure that the Child Support Division’s automated systems meet all state and federal legal requirements increase our effectiveness and result in huge dividends for families,” said John O’Connell, deputy director for Legal Counsel.

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 website at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.