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

ARLINGTON – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott recognized Dana Clarke, an assistant attorney general in the Child Support Division’s Arlington office, for her commitment to Texas children. Clarke was named “Assistant Attorney General of the Year” for the Child Support Division’s Fort Worth region, which covers 12 counties. Deputy Attorney General for Child Support Alicia Key presented the award to Clarke on Wednesday at the Statewide Assistant Attorneys General Conference in Fort Worth.

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

AAG of the Year Award Recipient

Dana Dunlap Clarke

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.

Clarke, who joined the Office of the Attorney General in 2002, 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.

Clarke, a graduate of St. Mary’s University School of Law, was chosen to be the region’s “Assistant Attorney General of the Year” because of her commitment to the region’s success by voluntarily assuming the duties of a vacant position for several months, while continuing to perform her own duties. In addition, she exemplifies the Office of the Attorney General’s expectation of professionalism and integrity.

“Ms. Clarke is an outstanding attorney who embodies the qualities of a true professional,” said Senior Regional Attorney Sue Funk. “She is a cherished colleague, and we are lucky to have her.”

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.