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April 7, 2006

Press Contact: Jodi Bart, UT Law Communications, (512) 232-1408 or jbart@law.utexas.edu.

Professor Cynthia Bryant Appointed to Texas Supreme Court Task Force

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Cynthia Bryant

AUSTIN, Texas — Cynthia Bryant, clinical professor and director of the Mediation Clinic at The University of Texas School of Law, has been selected to serve on a Texas Supreme Court task force charged with developing a statewide case-flow management and tracking system for child-protection cases.

The 20-member Task Force on Child Protection Case Management and Reporting, chaired by Judge John J. Specia of San Antonio's 225th District Court, also will explore potential federal and national funding sources to help implement the proposed plan.

"This Task Force holds the promise of improving the administration of justice for our State's most vulnerable children," said Bryant. "I'm looking forward to serving with Justice O'Neill, Judge Specia, and the other distinguished members," she said.

"As gatekeepers for families in crisis, courts must have the tools necessary to ensure children a safe and permanent home as quickly as possible," O'Neill said in a statement. "The ability to accurately track and analyze caseloads will enable courts to better monitor children's progress, minimize delay and ensure that children don't get lost in the system."

The task force's first meeting is on April 20 and is scheduled to report its proposal to the Court by Oct. 31.

Bryant founded the Children's Rights Clinic with Professor John J. Sampson in 1980 and served as its supervising attorney for 14 years. From 2001 to 2004, she led the largest division of the Texas Attorney General's Office when she served as Deputy Attorney General for Child Support. The federal Department of Health and Human Services recognized her work there in 2002 with its Commissioner's Award. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Child Support Enforcement Association, and heads its Research Committee.

Bryant is a member of the Texas Supreme Court Task Force on Foster Care. She is the author of Representing Texas Children in Abuse and Neglect Cases: A Manual for Attorneys. In 2000, she received the Children's Award from Texas CASA for her "dedication to the children of Texas." The State Bar of Texas Child Abuse and Neglect Committee presented her with its Forshey Award in 1999 for distinguished service to children and families. She received her J.D. from the Law School in 1976.

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Cynthia Bryant: http://www.utexas.edu/law/faculty/cbryant/