Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive

Wednesday, May 9, 2001


Cynthia Bryant to Head OAG's Largest Division

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn today announced his appointment of Cynthia Bryant of the University of Texas Law School to be deputy attorney general for child support and the Texas child support program's IV-D director.

"Cynthia Bryant's experience as an attorney, as a teacher and as an administrator makes her an outstanding choice to be the new director of the child support division in the Attorney General's Office. Virtually her entire career as an attorney has focused on family law and the legal rights of children. In addition, her six years of experience as director of two key areas in the child support division provided her excellent preparation to assume the leadership of this division," Cornyn stated.

Bryant currently is the supervising attorney for the Children's Rights Clinic at the UT Law School. In that position, which she has held since 1991, Bryant has directed litigation and supervised law students in an applied legal education program involving representation of children in state court custody proceedings. She is the author of "Representing Texas Children in Abuse and Neglect Cases: A Manual for Attorneys," published in 1998 by the Children's Justice Act Program.

From 1984 to 1991, Bryant worked in the Attorney General's Office, including six years in two key positions in the child support division: as director of field litigation for child support and earlier as director of field operations.

She served as chief attorney and juvenile public defender for Travis County from 1977 to 1980 and as staff attorney for Coastal Bend Legal Services in Corpus Christi from 1976 to 1977.

Bryant holds a bachelor of arts degree from UT Austin and a law degree from the UT Law School. Since 1993 she has been a member of the Texas Supreme Court Task Force on Foster Care. Also, she is a member of the Texas Multidisciplinary Task Force on Children's Justice.

She received the Children's Award from Texas CASA last year and the Forshey Award for Distinguished Service from the State Bar of Texas Child Abuse and Neglect Committee in 1999. She was named Outstanding Public Interest Lawyer by the Travis County Women Lawyers Association in 1996.

Bryant will be replacing Howard Baldwin, who has been named by Cornyn to be first assistant attorney general.

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