Kristina Legan

Senior Associate Attorney

Board Certified in Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1998

 

EDUCATION

 

The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas

J.D. – 1990

 

The University of Texas, Austin, Texas

B.A. – 1987

Major: Psychology

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

Beal Law Firm, PLLC

Board Certified Family Law Attorney practicing exclusively family law litigation and appeals

 

Law Offices of Kristina Voorhies Legan, PLLC

Board Certified Family Law Attorney practicing exclusively family law litigation and appeals

 

Shaw & Associates, P.C., 2000 – 2010

Of Counsel, primarily consulting in interstate family law matters

 

El Paso County Domestic Relations Office, 2000 – 2010

Chief Enforcement Division

 

Voorhies & Williams, 1994 – 2000

Partner in a two-attorney law firm handling family law, criminal defense, and general civil litigation

 

El Paso County Public Defender’s Office, 1991 – 1994

Staff attorney handling criminal defense litigation and appeals

 

Kristina K. Voorhies, Attorney at Law, 1991

Attorney in private practice handling criminal defense litigation

 

LICENSES and CERTIFICATIONS

 

ABA – trained in International Family Law Mediation, October 2015

Admitted to the New York Bar, 2012

Board Certified in Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1998

Re-certified in 2003, 2008, 2013 (must re-certify every five years)

U. S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1997

U. S. District Court, Western District of Texas, 1994 (lapsed)

Admitted to the Texas State Bar, 1991

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

 

Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, Member since 1999

El Paso Young Lawyers Association – Board Member, 1992-1993

El Paso Family Law Bar Association

Secretary, 2000

Treasurer, 2001- 2005

Served on the organizing committees for:

Family Law on the Border (2001), sponsored by the El Paso County Domestic Relations Office and the El Paso Family Law Bar Association

Representing Children Ain’t Kid Stuff (2002), sponsored by the El Paso County Domestic Relations Office, the El Paso Family Law Bar Association and the 383rd District Court

Family Law and the Military (2003), sponsored by the El Paso County Domestic Relations Office and the El Paso Family Law Bar Association

Family Law on the Border  (2004), sponsored by the University of Texas School of Law, the El Paso County Domestic Relations Office, and the El Paso Family Law Bar Association

Alphabet Soup of Child Representation (2006), sponsored by the El Paso Family Law Bar Association

TADRO annual conference most years from 2001 through 2009, including as course director in 2006

Third Annual El Paso Mental Health Seminar, October 2010

Texas Association of Domestic Relations Offices

Board member, 2001-2009

President, 2005-2006

Served on the legislative committee every year from 2001 – 2010

PUBLICATIONS

 

Child Support Collection: Role of the Domestic Relations Office, (Co-Author), University of Texas School of Law 2nd Annual Family Law on the Front Lines Conference, 2002

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS 

 

Family Law Speaker, Law School for Non-Lawyers, EPYLA (UTEP Continuing Education Class), 1996 – 1999

Juvenile Law Speaker, Community Legal Education Seminar, El Paso Bar Association, 1996

Family Law 101, El Paso Family Law Bar Association, 1999

Family Law for the Pro Bono Practitioner, El Paso Bar Association Pro Bono Project, 2000

Mentor Training-Independence House, 2000 – 2002

Speaker, “Enforcement of Support” – Family Law and the Military, El Paso Family Law Bar Association, 2003

Speaker, “Practical and Legal Issues in Enforcement”, TADRO Annual Conference, 2003

Speaker, “Motivating the Probationer”, TADRO Annual Conference, 2004

Speaker, “Enforcement of Support Orders” – Family Law and the Military, El Paso Family Law Bar Association and the University of Texas School of Law, 2005

Speaker, “Practical Considerations for Child Support”, Texas Young Lawyers Association’s Ten Minute Mentor Program

Speaker, “Enforcing Court Orders Through Community Supervision” – Family Law 201, El Paso Family Law Bar Association, 2007

Speaker, “What Science Has to Teach Us About Dealing with the Adolescent”, Third Annual El Paso Mental Health Seminar, 2010

Speaker, “Discovery Traps and Tips”, State Bar of Texas Pro Bono Seminar – El Paso, 2012

Speaker, Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA), El Paso Family Law Bar Association Bullpen Series – El Paso, 2013

Speaker, “Appellate Considerations”, State Bar of Texas and RioGrande Legal Aid Pro Bono Series, 2013

Numerous presentations to various community organizations since joining the Domestic Relations Office, including Non-Lawyer training for attorneys’ office personnel, presentations to YWCA personnel, presentations in conjunction with the City of El Paso Community Development

Co-Course Director and Speaker, Third Annual El Paso Mental Health Seminar, 2010

Co-author, Child Support Collection: Role of the Domestic Relations Office, presented at the University of  Texas School of Law 2nd Annual Family Law on the Front Lines conference, 2002

Speaker, “Enforcement of Support” – Family Law and the Military  2003 (sponsored by the El Paso Family Law Bar Association)

Speaker, “Practical and Legal Issues in Enforcement” TADRO Annual Conference 2003

Speaker, “Motivating the Probationer” TADRO Annual Conference 2004

Speaker, “Enforcement of Support Orders” – Family Law and the Military 2005 (sponsored by the El Paso Family Law Bar Association and the University of Texas School of Law)

Speaker, “Practical Considerations for Child Support” for the Texas Young Lawyers Association’s Ten Minute Mentor program (www.tenminutementor.com)

Speaker, “Enforcing Court Orders Through Community Supervision” – Family Law 201 (sponsored by the El Paso Family Law Bar Association) 2007

Speaker, “What Science Has to Teach Us About Dealing with the Adolescent” Third Annual El Paso Mental Health Seminar, October 2010

Speaker, “Discovery Traps and Tips”, State Bar of Texas Pro Bono Seminar – El Paso, 2012

Speaker, “UIFSA” El Paso Family Law Bar Association Bullpen Series – El Paso, June 2013

Speaker, “Appellate Considerations”, State Bar of Texas and RioGrande Legal Aid Pro Bono series, September 2013

COMMUNITY

 

Board Member, CASA of El Paso, 1998 – 2000

Board Member, CASA of El Paso, 2012 – Present

Secretary, CASA of El Paso, 1999

Board Member, Humane Society of El Paso Endowment Corporation, 1996 – 2000

President, Humane Society of El Paso, 1996 – 1997

Board Member, Humane Society of El Paso, 1993 – 1998

Secretary, Wiggs Middle School Band Boosters, 2005 – 2006

President, El Paso High Wrestling Boosters Club, 2007 – 2008