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

EL PASO – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott recognized Brent Stephens, an assistant attorney general in the Child Support Division’s El Paso administrative office, for his commitment to Texas children. Stephens was named “Assistant Attorney General of the Year” for the Child Support Division’s El Paso region, which covers 21 counties. Deputy Attorney General for Child Support Alicia Key presented the award to Stephens on Wednesday at the Statewide Assistant Attorneys General Conference in Fort Worth.

“Thanks to Brent Stephens’ hard work and dedication, thousands of young Texans have the child support they need to grow healthy and strong,” Attorney General Abbott said. “Brent is an outstanding lawyer and a tremendous asset to the Child Support Division. We are grateful to Brent for his commitment to Texas children.”

AAG of the Year Award Recipient

Brent Stephens

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.

Stephens joined the Office of the Attorney General in 2008 as an assistant attorney general. In 2011, he was promoted to special litigator for the El Paso region. As special litigator, Stephens represents the State of Texas in the region’s more complex child support cases, such as when a noncustodial parent files for bankruptcy.

Stephens, a graduate of Texas Tech University School of Law, was chosen to be the region’s “Assistant Attorney General of the Year” because he is a detail-oriented team player, who is always willing to share his knowledge. Since becoming the special litigator, he has developed the position and expanded the scope to aid the entire region.

“It is a pleasure to work with Mr. Stephens,” said Senior Regional Attorney Debra Morgan. “He is very much a team player and is always willing to help with dockets or sign pleadings. He also makes it known when he sees a practice he questions. When given an assignment, he factually presents the issues and possible solutions in great detail.”

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.