The Gay G. Cox Award for Excellence in Collaborative Law is given annually by Collaborative Divorce Texas to an exceptionally deserving CDT member who is substantially involved in collaborative practice, devoted fully to any task undertaken (often going above and beyond the call of duty), exemplifies the highest standards of professionalism and ethics, and finally, is passionately committed to transforming the conflict resolution process.
This year’s recipient of the Gay G. Cox Award for Excellence in Collaborative Law is Dr. Honey A. Sheff. Honey epitomizes the best in a collaborative professional. This award is our highest honor and there is no one who deserves it more. Her passion for the process inspires others to promote collaborative as the preferred way for couples to divorce. Honey’s achievements are numerous and her influence on the collaborative divorce movement cannot be adequately measured. Her accomplishments include her election to the Collaborative Divorce Texas Board of Trustees, including serving a term as its President. Honey has been an instrumental and tireless member of many committees prior to, during and even after her time on the Board. She devoted countless hours to creating and perfecting the Parenting Plan Checklist which our neutral Mental Health Professionals use to document parenting agreements made by couples in collaborative divorces across our state. Texas was the first state to credential collaborative professionals as a way of distinguishing themselves from other practitioners, and Honey had a significant role in creating and developing the specific standards of education, training and experience required of this process. Honey continues her service to the collaborative divorce movement by training and educating other professionals across Texas, nationally, and even internationally. She is generous with her time when other professionals ask for consultations or mentorship on different aspects of the process. She is the consummate collaborative neutral, helping families and Collaborative Teams seamlessly through the process. The collaborative community owes Dr. Honey A. Sheff a debt that it will never be able to repay. We are grateful for her leadership and dedication. We are inspired by her spirit. There is absolutely no question that Gay G. Cox would agree with the choice of Honey A. Sheff as this year’s award winner. Congratulations, Honey and thank you for your service!