Professional Experience

Sole Practitioner since 1977

Board Certification

Family Law, State Bar of Texas, 1984

Professional Licenses

Texas, 1975

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas 1975

U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas 1975

U.S. District Court Western District of Texas 1975

Education

Texas Tech University School of Law, Lubbock, Texas; J.D. - 1975

Amarillo College, Amarillo, Texas; A.S. - 1967

West Texas State University, Canyon, Texas; B.A.;

    Major: Finance;     Minor:  Economics

Honors and Awards

Dave Gibson Award for Professionalism & Excellence in the Practice of Family Law, 1999

Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program - Outstanding Individual Contribution, 1995

Professional History

Associate Attorney with the law firm of Mandell & Wright, 1975 - 1977; Law Office of Steve A. Bavousett, 1977 to current; practice limited to family law; Board certified in family law by the Texas Legal Board of Specialization in 1984 (re-certified in 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014); mediation practice with emphasis on complex property issues since 1984 

Professional Associations and Memberships

State Bar of Texas, Member

 State Bar of Texas - Family Law Section, Member

 State Bar Family Law Council (2000-2006)

 Prior member, State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee

Ad Litem Ad Hoc Sub-Committee (2004)

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow

Completion Arbitration Training Institute (2008)

Member, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists;

Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists -

                Board of Directors (2005-current)

                Officer, (2004-2007)

                President (1997-1998)

Burta Rhoad Raborn Inn of Court 

                President (2005)

                Board Member (2004-2006)

Houston Bar Association

Houston Bar Association - Family Law Section;

                Former Board Member, Officer and Chair (2001-2002)

Houston Bar Association - Collaborative Law Section;

                Founding Board Member and Former Officer

 

Collaborative Law Institute of Texas; 

Collaborative Family Lawyers of Houston;

Member, International Association of Collaborative Professionals;

Lone Star Legal Aid - Board of Directors (2006-2009)

Attorney-Mediators Institute 

                Forty Hours Basic Family Law Training (1994)

                Advanced Mediator Training (1995)

Chaired an Advanced Course in Negotiations

Harvard Law School Project on Negotiation - Basic Training (2008)

Harvard Law School Project on Negotiation - Advanced Training (2008)

Lawyers in Public Schools - Volunteer

Mediator With Family Court Services - Volunteer
Pro Bono Activities

Lone Star Legal Aid Board of Directors, 2006-2009

State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee

Published Works/Speaking Engagements

                Houston Bar Association, Family Law Section; “Aids and The Law:  The Impact of HIV on Custody”; November, 1993

                8th Annual Family Law Conference for the General Practitioner and Legal Assistant; “Alphabet Soup from D.C.; QDRO’s, QMSCO’s,

                 UCCJA, PKPA, COBRA and UIFSA”; February 26-27, 1998;

                Houston Bar Association, Family Law Section, “Focus on Substance Abuse Issues in Mediation; The Attorney’s Perspective”; May 15,

               1998

                HVLP, Family Law Seminar; “Mediation in Family Law”; May 29, 1998

                South Texas College of Law Affiliated with Texas A & M University, Family Law Mediation Training Seminar; “Preparing Your Client for

                 Mediation: Practical and Ethical Considerations”; October, 1998

                S Tx College of Law, Family Law Conf. For the General Practitioner and Legal Assistant; “Why and How You Should Use a Legal

               Assistant”; February, 1999

                Houston Bar Association, Family Law Section, “Entry of a Mediated Settlement Agreement: How To Protect What You Got”; July, 1999

                S. Tx. College of Law Affiliated with Texas A & M University, Family Law Mediation Training Seminar; Demonstration:  Risk Analysis;

                Oct 7-9, 1999;

                Co-Chairperson, South Texas College of Law Mediation Seminar; 2000

                S. Tx College of Law Family Law Conf. For the General Practitioner and Legal Asst. Demonstration - Temp Orders Hearing with

               Custody Issues; February, 2000

                South Texas College of Law Family Law Institute - Mock Trial; Petition for Enforcement of Child Support Issues and Visitation;

               March 31, 2000;

                S. Tx College of Law Family Law Institute-Making and Meeting Objections in Family Law; Common Evidence Problems &  Proposed

               Solutions; March 31, 2000;

               H.V.L.A. Family Law Seminar; “Questionable and Multiple Marriages, and the Rights of Third Parties to Possession of a Child”;

               June 9, 2000

                South Texas College of Law ; “What to do when you’re stuck with/as an Ad Litem”; February 1, 2001;

                Burta Rhoads Raborn Family Law Inns of Court; “Ask But Don’t Tell - How Confidential are Your Mental Health Records”; March 15, 2001;

                Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program, 2001 Annual Family Law Seminar; “Alternative Dispute Resolution”.  October 19, 2001;

                South Texas College of Law; “From Crisis to Collaboration”; November  9-10, 2001

                Houston Bar Association, Family Law Section, 5th Annual Family Law Institute; How To Get the Most Out of Your Mediator: Assistance and Results“; March 22, 2002

                Burta Rhoads Raborn Family Law Inns of Court; “Clueless to Competent: Database Management for the Technically Challenged”; May 16, 2002;

                

                28th Annual Advanced Family Law Seminar; State Bar of Texas; “A Child’s Voice”; August, 2002;

                State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section; “Family Law Essentials for $2000 or Free”; November 21, 2002

                State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section; Advanced Family Law Drafting Course 2002; “Ad Litem Pleadings and Orders - Authorizing, Limiting, and Expanding; December 13, 2002;

                South Texas College of Law; Family Law Conference for General Practitioners and Legal Assistants; “Working with Ad Litems”; February 7, 2003; 

                Houston Bar Association, Family Law Section; “The New Creature in Family Law Courts - The Amicus Attorney; October 1, 2003; 

                Fort Bend County Bar Association; “Amicus and Attorney/Guardian Ad Litem Seminar”; May 21, 2004; 

                        

                University of Texas School of Law; 4th Annual Family Law on the Front Lines Conference; “Who’s Your Boss Now?  Amicus Attorneys and Ad Litems Under the New Chapter 107"; June 18, 2004

                30th Annual Advanced Family Law Seminar; State Bar of Texas; “Ad Litems Workshop”; August, 2004;

                2005 Family Law Seminar; Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program; “Local Rules and Discovery”; May 20, 2005

                2006 Family Law Seminar; Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program; “Discovery on a Shoestring”; May 19, 2006;

                South Texas College of Law; 23RD Annual Family Law Conference; “Effective Use of Spreadsheets During Mediation” March 6, 2009; 

    

                Houston Bar Association, Family Law Section; Amicus/Ad Litem 2009; Getting Paid - Setting Fees and Collecting”; Sept. 18, 2009;

                State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section; Advanced Family Law Drafting Course 2010; “Mediation and ADR”; December 9, 2010; 

                State Bar of Texas, 39th Annual Advanced Family Law Course; “Mediated Settlement Agreements: Reading the Fine Print”; August 7th, 2013;

                B.R.R. Inn of Court; “Did that Really Just Happen to Me?”; April 17, 2014; 

                Houston Bar Association, Family Law Section; “It’s not always rainbows and butterflies, it’s compromise that moves us along. The benefits of Mediation and Arbitration.”  January 9, 2019;
 


 

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