The Annual Gay G. Cox Collaborative Law Award was presented at the 43rd Advanced Family Law Seminar in San Antonio this year on August 7, 2017. Dallas attorney, mediator and collaborative professional Kevin Fuller was honored with the award which recognizes contributions to the collaborative movement in Texas. Fuller was given the award for his leadership role in Collaborative Divorce Texas and for his commitment to peaceful conflict resolution. Fuller’s annual presentation at the close of the Collaborative Divorce Texas Spring Conference is considered one of the highlights of the conference each year.
Fuller was unable to attend the Advanced Family Law Seminar this year. He sent acceptance remarks which were read by State Bar president Tom Vick who accepted the award on his behalf.
"I am humbled... Gay was very inspirational to me in how she practiced, her constant focus on peace making and also in how she died. One of the things her tragic passing inspired in me was the thought - if not now then when? If I was going to make a change in my life and truly focus on ways to become a full time peace maker just when was I going to do that….. I made the decision that led me to open up our little mediation shop on the day of my last visit to see Gay when she was in a coma at the hospital just before her death. Through the inspiration of her life and the circumstances of her much too early death I was able to finally able to make a decision and take action on something that had been tugging at me for years. I am so grateful for her example and her inspiration and I am truly humbled to be in her company and the company of Norma, Harry, Linda and Jennifer.”
The award is named for the late Gay G. Cox, who was an instrumental pioneer in collaborative divorce in Texas. Past recipients include Norma Trusch, Harry Tindall, Linda Solomon and Jennifer Tull. Kevin Fuller is a past president of Collaborative Divorce Texas (formerly known as the Collaborative Law Institute of Texas).