A Lubbock employee of the Texas Attorney General's office has been recognized as Assistant Attorney General of the Year.
Texas A.G. presented the honor to Meg Jordan, who works in the child support division's Lubbock office, which covers 86 counties.
“Meg Jordan’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 in a written statement. “A committed and selfless public servant, Meg stands out as one of the state’s most dedicated and impressive lawyers. We are grateful to Meg Jordan for her commitment to Texas children.”
Below are more details provided in the Attorney General's Office news release:
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.
Jordan, who joined the Office of the Attorney General in 1996, became the Lubbock office’s managing attorney in 2001. As managing attorney, Jordan 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.
Jordan, 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 and leadership skills. Under Jordan’s direction, her office regularly leads the region in finding new and innovative ways to serve Texas children.
“Meg continues to lead by example in all she does, and is the first to volunteer when assistance is needed,” said Terrell Thompson, senior regional attorney for the Child Support Division’s Lubbock region. “Her committed and unselfish approach to her work is an asset to Region 1 and a major contribution to her office’s success.”
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 Lubbock County child support office serves 21,000 families. In the state fiscal year that ended Aug. 31, 2011, the office collected more than $38 million.