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Biography
Christy Albano is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She started her practice with a family law firm in Dallas, then spent several years as a staff attorney with Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas where she fought for the rights of victims, children and the elderly affected by domestic violence in the areas of protective orders, custody, divorce, child support, spousal support and property division. She carried this experience to her solo practice in Collin County where she ensures protection of the clients rights while compassionately assisting them through what is often a difficult emotional process.

She has earned the respect of her peers across the state and throughout the country. In 2006 through 2010 she was named a Texas Rising Star by the Texas Super Lawyer's publication of the Texas Monthly magazine, she was the 2005-06 Outstanding Director of the Year by the Texas Young Lawyer's Association, and she was awarded the Atticus Finch Award in 2006 by Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas. In 2001-2002 she was awarded the Outstanding Young Lawyer of Collin County Award from the Collin County Young Lawyer's Association and she was twice awarded the TYLA President's Award of Merit (2003-2004 and 2004-2005). She also continues to be the only law student whose article has been published in the Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. This article, published in 1997 regarding arbitration and child custody, was cited in July 2009 by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a portion of "scholarly writing on the subject" in Fawzy v. Fawzy, 2009-NJ-0702.293.

In addition to being an energetic member of many local, state and national bar associations, she is currently on the Nominating Commitee for the Texas Bar Foundation, the Local Bar Services Committee of the State Bar of Texas, the Council of the American Bar Association General Practice & Solo Division, the Family Matters Commitee for the American Bar Association Family Law Section, and the Board of Directors of the Collin County Bench Bar Foundation. She is a Past President of the Collin County Young Lawyer's Association, Past Chair of the District 1 Nominating Commitee for the Texas Bar Foundation and Past Secretary of the Texas Young Lawyer's Association. Through her past work as co-chair for 4 years of the TYLA Family Law & Children's Rights committee, she was instrumental in the creation of the "Pro Se Divorce Handbook", the What to Expect in Texas Family Law Court handbook and the video "Kids In the Crossfire: Helping Parents Understand the Impact of Divorce." As a past vice chair of the TYLA Low Income Texans committee, she assisted the committee in the development of a statewide training manual and website to encourage more private attorneys to take pro bono cases for low income clients. She was also executive committee advisor to the talented TYLA committee that created the Emmy Award Winning video and curriculum "They Had a Dream Too", an educational program designed to educate high school students about the role of students in the Civil Rights Movement and to encourage students to make a difference in their world.

Christy Albano obtained a B.A. from Southern Methodist University in 1993 and a J.D. from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, in 1996.

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Professional
Memberships
    University of Missouri-Kansas City, School of Law
    J.D. May 1996
    Activities and Honors:
    - Deans List, Fall 1993, Spring 1994, Fall 1995
    - Phi Delta Phi, Magister, (President) 1995-1996, Historian 1994-1995
    - ABA, Law Student Division, Liaison to the Commission on Homelessness and
      Poverty, 1995-1996

    Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
    B.A. Sociology, Music Minor, May 1993
    - Chi Omega Sorority
    - SMU Marching Band


    United States Supreme Court, Admitted 2010


    Attorneys Serving the Community, Member since 2003
    ASC is a collaboration of Dallas women attorneys who combine their talents,
    imagination and resources to serve the Dallas community and support local nonprofit
    organizations whose programs benefit women, children, and families.

    Collin County Young Lawyer's Association, Member since 1998
    President 2006-2007
    President-Elect 2005-2006
    Treasurer 2002-2003
    Secretary 2001-2002
    Board Member 2000-2001
    Email Chair 2003-2005
    Liaison to Collin County Bar Association 2004 -2005
    Chair of Call to Protect Project 2002- 2003
    Membership Committee 2002- 2003
    CCYLA Liaison to CCBA for Joint Holiday Party 2001
    CLE Committee 2001
    Newsletter Committee 2000-2003
    Judicial Reception Committee 2001-2003
    Chair of Pro Bono Clinic 2002

    Collin County Bar Association, Member since 1998
    Family Law Section 1999-Present
    Vice President, 2005-2006
    Estate Law Section, 2003 - 2004
    Liaison to Collin County Young Lawyer's Association 2003-2005
    Social Chair 1999, 2000, 2004
    Social Committee 1998-2001
    Silent Auction Chair 1999

    Collin County Bench Bar Foundation, Fellow since 2000
    Treasurer 2002-2004
    Board of Trustees 2002 - 2006
    Board of Directors 2001-2002, 2009-2011
    Bench Bar Conference
    Social Chair, 2004-2005
    Attendee and committee member 1999-Present
    Entertainment and games committee 1999-2002
    Bench Bar Players 2000
    Conference Planning Committee 2000-Present
    Assisted Conference Chair with Coordination of Conference 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005

    Dallas Association of Young Lawyer's Foundation
    Fellow 2006 - Present

    Plano Bar Association, Member since 1998

    Frisco Bar Association, Member since 2002

    Grayson County Bar Association, Member 2002-2005

    State Bar of Texas, Member since 1997
    Access to Justice Delegate to the 2001 and 2002 Bar Leaders Conference
    College of the State Bar of Texas 2004-Present
    General Practice, Solo and Small Firm, 2003 - Present
    Family Law Section, 1997- Present
    Women and the Law Section, 1997-Present
    Texas Bar Foundation 2004-Present
    Local Bar Services Committee 2009-2011

    Texas Young Lawyer's Association, Member 1997-2008
    Secretary 2006 - 2007
    Director 2004-2006
    Executive Committee Advisor 2006-2007
    Law Focused Education and They Had A Dream Too Committees
    At Large Small City Minority Director (Board of Directors) 2002-2004
    Co-Chair, Family Law & Children's Rights Committee 2002-2006
    Member, Long Range Planning Committee 2005-2006
    Chair, Public Service Subcommittee 2005-2006
    Vice Chair, Minority Committee 2002-2004
    Vice Chair, Leadership TYLA 2002-2003
    Vice Chair Low Income Texans 2003-2004, 2005-2006
    Vice Chair Senior Citizens Outreach Committee 2004-2005

    American Bar Association, Member since 1993
    Family Law Section 1996-Present
        Family Matters Symposium Committee & Domestic Violence Committee
    General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section 2003-Present
        Council 2009-2011, Membership Committee
    Young Lawyer's Division 1996-2008
    Law Student Division 1993-1996
    LSD Liaison to Commission on Homelessness and Poverty, 1995-1996

    American Bar Foundation, Fellow since 2005

    Dallas Bar Association, Member 1997-1999

    Dallas Young Lawyer's Association, Member 1997-1999

    Dallas Women Lawyer's Association, Member 1997-2000, 2006-Present

    Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Member 1993-1996

    Kaufman Bar Association, Member 1998-2001

    Rockwall Bar Association, Member 1998-2001

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