UGA’s Paul M. Kurtz receives national award

University of Georgia School of Law’s Paul M. Kurtz receives national award

Washington, D.C. – Paul M. Kurtz was the recipient of the National Child Support Enforcement Association’s Child Support Community Service Award at the association’s 2009 Policy Forum and Training Conference in Washington, DC. This award honors an individual who, though not directly part of the child support world, has made significant contributions to the child support community by devoting interest, time, talent and training to the improvement of child support enforcement.

Kurtz is an associate dean and J. Alton Hosch Professor at the University of Georgia School of Law. In those capacities he deals with a multitude of administrative challenges and has, for 33 years, taught family law at UGA. In 1988, he was tapped by the Uniform Law Conference to serve as the reporter for a committee charged with preparing amendments to the Uniform Revised Reciprocal Enforcement of Support Act and contributed to the formation of the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act, which revolutionized interstate enforcement of child support. Kurtz has frequently spoken on the topic of UIFSA at child support conferences and was a consultant to the United States Interstate Child Support Commission. In his spare time, he has co-authored one of the leading family law case books in the country and was the primary author of the child support chapter through the first four editions.

“Dean Kurtz’s outstanding civic involvement and his valuable contributions to children, families and the child support professionals who serve them earned him this award. It is well deserved,” said NCSEA President Howard Baldwin.

The National Child Support Enforcement Association serves the child support community worldwide through professional development, communications, public awareness and advocacy to enhance the financial, medical and emotional support that parents provide for their children.