Kristina K. Voorhies Legan

Divorce Attorney Kristina Voorhies LeganLocation: El Paso, Texas

Phone: 915-503-1368

Fax: 915-544-1419

Email: E-mail Me

 

EMPLOYMENT

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: Created, developed and managed the El Paso County Domestic Relations Office’s litigation enforcement section from its inception through December 2005, including drafting all legal and internal forms, creating policies and procedures, and hiring and supervising staff.

 

Voorhies & Williams, 1994 – 2000

Partner in two-attorney law firm handling family law, criminal defense, and some 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 / 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

 

EDUCATION

  • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
    • J.D. – 1990
  • University of Texas, Austin, Texas
    • B.A. – 1987
    • Major: Psychology

 

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • 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
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists
    • Member since 1999

 

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Adoption
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Divorce
  • Family Law
  • Mediation & Collaborative Law

 

CERTIFIED LEGAL SPECIALTIES

  • Board Certified in Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1998. Recertified in 2003, 2008
  • Member, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, 1999

 

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Texas, 1991
  • New York, 2012
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1997

 

PUBLISHED WORKS

  • 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

 

CLASSES / SEMINARS

  • 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

 

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS

  • El Paso Young Lawyers Association, Board Member, 1992 – 1993
  • El Paso Family Law Bar Association, Secretary, 2000
  • El Paso Family Law Bar Association, Treasurer, 2001 – 2005, 2012-2013
  • El Paso Bar Association, Board Member, 2014 – present
  • Family Law on the Border, El Paso County Domestic Relations Office and the El Paso Family Law Bar Association, 2001
  • Representing Children Ain’t Kid Stuff, El Paso County Domestic Relations Office, the El Paso Family Law Bar Association and the 383rd District Court, 2002
  • Family Law and the Military,  sponsored by El Paso County Domestic Relations Office and the El Paso Family Law Bar Association, 2003
  • Family Law on the Border, sponsored by University of Texas School of Law, the El Paso County Domestic Relations Office, and the El Paso Family Law Bar Association, 2004
  • Alphabet Soup of Child Representation, El Paso Family Law Bar Association, 2006
  • TADRO Annual Conference, most years from 2001 – 2009
  • TADRO Annual Conference, Course Director , 2006
  • Texas Association of Domestic Relations Offices,
    • Board Member, 2001 – 2009
    • President, 2005 – 2006
    •  Legislative Committee, 2001 – 2010
  • Texas  Academy of Family Law Specialists, member since 1999

 

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • 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