Background: Barbara Anne Kazen


  • Admitted to practice Texas Supreme Court, September 1965
  • Admitted to practice New Mexico Supreme Court, 1995
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, September 1966
  • District of Columbia, Court of General Session, May 1968
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, March 1970
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, April 1970
  • Texas Family Law Specialist since 1975
  • Certified Matrimonial Mediator, by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Certified Collaborative Lawyer, New Mexico
  • Settlement Facilitator, New Mexico


  • Named 2015 Outstanding Mediator in the First Judicial District of New Mexico by the Statewide Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission
  • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
  • Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation
  • Named in the publication, Best Lawyers in America, by Naifeh and Smith, for all years of publication during active practice.
  • Named Austin Young Lawyers Association’s Outstanding Young Lawyer, 1979

Photo Credit: Dennis McKenzie

Professional Activities:

  • Member, First Judicial District Bar, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Former Member, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Former Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, State Bar of New Mexico and State Bar of Texas
  • Former Member, Travis County and El Paso County Bar Associations
  • Former Member, Texas State Bar Committee Pattern Jury Charges
  • Former Program Chairman of the Texas Advanced Family Law Course, 1977 and 1978
  • Former Member, State Bar Planning Committee for Advanced Family Law Course 1977-1991
  • Faculty ABA Family Law Advocacy Trial Training Institute 1990, 1991 and 1992
  • Former Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Texas Law School, Spring Semester 1990 and 1991
  • Former Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Baylor Law School, Fall 1991, Fall 2000 and 2001
  • Former Member, 1991 Texas Supreme Court Advisory committee on Child Support and Visitation
  • Former Member, State Bar Board of Legal Specialization
  • Former Member, Austin Inns of Court
  • Former Member, State Bar Family Law Council, Chairman of the Legislative Committee
  • Former Member, State Bar continuing Legal Education Committee
  • Former Member, Travis County Fee Dispute Committee
  • Former Member, Subcommittee on Future Institutes
  • Former Member, Planning Committee for the Texas Family Practice Skills Course and Manual
  • Former Member, Committee on Continuing Legal Education
  • Former Member, Community Property Legislation
  • Former Member, Committee to Improve Public Access to Lawyers
  • Former Chairman of Legal Assistants Seminar Committee
  • Frequent Lecturer for State Bar Continuing Legal Education
  • Family Law Advanced Course Speaker 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992
  • Speaker, BNA and Law Education Institutes, Inc.—10th Annual Divorce Law Update, 1992
  • Speaker, Ultimate Trial Notebook, Houston, 1992
  • Speaker, General Practice Institute, 1988-1997
  • Speaker, McLennan County Dispute Resolution Center Divorce Mediation Training Seminar, January 2000 and January 2001

Articles and Publications:

  • “Maintaining Equilibrium to Maximize Professionalism” Pro Bono Appreciation Luncheon and CLE, October 19, 2015
  • Instructor of Mediation Skill Training Course and course materials with David Levin, February 19-20, 2016, at First Judicial Courthouse, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
  • Instructor of Advanced Mediation Practicum and course materials with David Levin, October 27-28, 2016, at First Judicial Courthouse, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Editorial Consultant, Family Law: Texas Practice and Procedure, 6 Volume set plus The Texas Family Law Reporter, published by Matthew Bender & Co. from 1978-1995.
  • Editorial Consultant, Kazen’s Practical Family Law Manual, 3 Volume Set plus Forms and Reporter and Family Law Code, published by YBY Publications, 1996-1999.
  • Editorial Consultant, Family Law: Texas Legal Assistant Education Series, published by Matthew Bender & Co.
  • “The New Alimony: How to Get It; How to Defend Against It”, University of Houston Seminar, Dallas and Houston, September 7-8 and 14-15, 1995; February 15-16 and 22-23, 1996
  • “Custody in Texas”, National Business Institute, Inc. October 19, 1995
  • “Elements of Proof Checklist: Husband and Wife; Parent and Child”, Ultimate Trial Notebook, November 1992
  • “Family Law Update”, 15th Annual General Practice Institute, April 10, 1992
  • “Rights of Non-Marital Cohabiting Partners”, BNA—1992 National CLE Conference, March 1992
  • “Family Law Drafting Tips”, 14th Annual General Practice Institute, April, 1991
  • “Alternate Theories of Recovery: Partnership; constructive Trust; Quasi Contract”, University of Houston, Advanced Family Law Short Course, November 1989
  • “Common Mistakes in Preserving Error”, 1984 Advanced Family Law Course
  • “Conservatorship and Modification of Conservatorship”, 1984, 1986 South Texas Advanced Family Law Short Course
  • “Conservatorship, Support & Modification”, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1982 State Bar Advanced Family Law Course
  • “Conservatorship, Support and Modification”, SMU Seminar, June 24, 1977
  • “Family Law Updates”, El Paso Bar Association, Texas Family Law for the General Practitioner, El Paso, Texas March 6, 1987; 1989
  • “Legislative Update on Family Law”, 1989 South Texas Family Law Institute
  • “Legislative Update”, Fifth Annual South Texas Family Law Institute, October 14, 1988, South Texas College of Law
  • “Piercing the Corporate Veil and Alter Ego”, August 16, 1988 State Bar Advanced Family Law
  • “Procedures Involving the New Wage Assignment Law, 1985 St. Mary’s Procedure Institute
  • “Recent Developments in Appellate Practice”, 13th Annual General Practice Institute; and August 22, 1986 State Bar Advanced Family Law Course
  • “Recent Developments in Family Law”, Annual General Practice Institute, Baylor University, March 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995
  • “Recent Developments in Family Law”, Williamson County Bar Association, 1989
  • “Special Problems Encountered When Arguing the Family Law Case”, 1989 the Art of Persuasion Seminar, Houston and El Paso, Texas
  • “The Effective Use of a Paralegal in Family Law Cases”, November 9, 1978 Marriage Dissolution Course; and February 19, 1982 Legal Assistants Family Law State Bar Program
  • “Use and Abuse of Psychological Examinations”, 1985 State Bar Advanced Family Law Course
  • “When Father Wants Custody”, 1977 Marriage Dissolution Course
  • “When There is No Formal Marriage: Informal Marriage and Alternative Theories of Recovery”, 1987, 1988 and 1990 State Bar Advanced Family Law Course

Career History:

October 2006 to Present

  • Private law practice doing exclusively Family Law Mediation and Settlement Facilitation. Remain Of Counsel to son’s firm of Friday, Milner, Lambert, Turner, PLLC., Austin, Texas.

October 2003 to October 2006

  • Partner in family law firm of Friday, Friday and Kazen LLP in Austin, Texas handling complex family law cases.

February 1, 2003 to September 2003

  • Interim position with the New Mexico Agency on Aging responsible for the creation and implementation of a program to consolidate and coordinate all information related to long term health care of the elderly in New Mexico.

October 15, 1996 to January 1, 2003

  • Private Practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Personal Attorney for Val Kilmer.  Handled all family law matters and overall Administrator for personal and business matters. Taught Family Law Advocacy at Baylor Law School, Winter Quarters 2000 and 2001. (A course which I designed). Also conducted Family Law mediations as time allowed.

March 1, 1994 to October 1, 1996

  • Shareholder in Kemp, Smith, Duncan & Hammond, P.C., 2000 State National Plaza, El Paso, Texas 79901-1441, with offices in El Paso and Las Cruces, New Mexico.
  • Handled complex Family Law Matters.  Engaged in active consultation practice for fellow attorneys throughout Texas.
  • Continued to write for family law treatises and monthly Reporters and lectured and wrote frequently for the Texas State Bar, American Bar Association and various law schools and community groups.

October 1988 to March 1, 1994

  • Private Practice.  The Law Offices of Barbara Anne Kazen, 310 North Mesa, Suite 515, El Paso, Texas and 1717 West 6th Street, Suite 350, Austin, Texas.
  • Handled complex Family Law matters.  Active consultation practice for attorneys throughout Texas.
  • Continued to supplement the six volume treatise, Kazen, Family Law:  Texas practice and Procedure,  published by Matthew Bender, Inc.  Continued as Editorial Consultant for the monthly publication, Family Law Reporter.
  • Lectured and wrote frequently for the Texas State Bar, American Bar Association and various law schools and community groups.
  • Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Texas Law School (Letter Attached)
  • Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Baylor Law School

September 1983 to October 1988

  • Partner in the firm of Kazen & Price, 3001 Lake Austin Blvd., Suite 205, Austin, Texas.
  • Handled large, complex cases in the Family Law area.  Continued to supplement treatise, which had grown to six volumes. Became Editorial Consultant for the monthly publication, Family Law Reporter, also published by Matthew Bender, Inc.
  • Continued to lecture and write frequently for the Texas State Bar, various law schools and professional groups.

April 1979 to September 1983

  • Partner in the firm of Hilgers, Watkins & Kazen, 1301 First City National Bank Building, Austin, Texas.
  • Director of the Family Law Section.  Handled large number of complex Family Law cases and supervised and trained attorneys.
  • Continued to draft legislation in the Family Law area and appeared as a witness before the Texas House and Senate on numerous occasions.
  • Became the Editorial Consultant for the new Matthew Bender, Inc. treatise, Kazen Family Law:  Texas Practice and Procedure. 
  • Began to lecture and write frequently for the Texas State Bar and professional groups.

May 1972 to April 1979

  • Partner in the law firm of Friday and Kazen, 700 San Antonio St., Austin, Texas.Involved in general law practice and civil and criminal litigation, handling an extensive number of jury trials in drug cases.  Handled several appeals. In 1975 became a Family Law Specialist and handled Family Law cases exclusively.

January 1969 to May 1972

  • Instructor and Director of the Legal Services Project, University of Texas Law School, Austin, Texas.  Also, director of the Legal Aid and the Defender Society of Travis County.
  • The position at the law school was created to explore the possibility of moving the school’s Legal Aid Office from the Law School premises into a poverty neighborhood in order to create a more meaningful clinical program and reach out to the community. I was responsible for all aspects, including writing Grant Proposals for continued funding.
  • The law students were enrolled for two semesters of work for six hours of credit.  Cases in Family Law comprised the bulk of the caseload, but complex cases involving Landlord-Tenant and Consumer Credit cases in the private sector, as well as suits involving Tenants’ Unions, Public Housing and Urban Renewal in the public area, were handled by the senior attorneys with the law students’ assistance.
  • Beginning with the Fall semester of 1970, the students and staff attorneys were required to attend a weekly seminar where the students could discuss their problems and experiences with each other as well as the supervisory attorneys and seminar leader.
  • In 1971 the Program was merged with the Travis County O.E.O. Program because the community leaders and the local Bar Association felt that the Community Legal Services Program lawsuits had done more for the poverty neighborhoods in Austin than the O.E.O. funded project.
  • This law school Clinical Education Program was one of the first in the United States.

October 1968 to January 1969

(Interim position awaiting funding for U.T. Law School position)

  • Executive Director of the Committee on Dangerous Drugs, 7078 San Pedro, San Antonio, Texas.
  • Responsible for organizing, administering and carrying out programs combating drug abuse by young people.
  • Involved soliciting volunteers from professional ranks (attorneys, para-psychologists, pharmacologists and citizens at large to participate in meaningful programs, screen films and other educational materials).
  • Planned and scheduled programs for schools, civic, religious and other groups. Showed films, monitored panel discussions, gave talks and participated in group therapy sessions with young heroin addicts.
  • This involvement led to an extensive reform legislative program. With the assistance of Professor Mike Rosenthal, of the U.T. Law School, I drafted legislation regarding the use of controlled substances and advocated the reduction of penalties for marijuana, specifically, which at that time was a felony. I appeared before many legislative committees and successfully lobbied for the passage of better laws in this area.

January 1968 to October 1968

  • Staff Attorney, Neighborhood Legal Services Project, 3308 14th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.
  • Interviewed clients and determined types of problems, both legal and non-legal. Handled all cases allowed by legislation, especially those related to poverty areas, e.g. housing, welfare and credit and loan transactions.
  • Non-legal problems were also resolved in an attempt to lift the clients out of the poverty cycle.  Represented neighborhood groups, served as liaison between the Spanish-speaking community and the law as well as other factions of society.
  • Left to accept a position with the University of Texas Law School to create a new Clinical Education Program.

May 1967 to January 1968

  • Attorney Advisor, Board of Veterans Appeals, Universal North Building Washington, D.C.
  • Handled final review of veteran’ cases appealed from Regional Offices. Involved determination for Allowance, Denial or Remand for further development. Wrote decisions based on applicable laws and regulations.

September 1966 to May 1967

  • Attorney with the international law firm of Baker & McKenzie, 15 Calle Almagro, Madrid, Spain.
  • Translated contracts from English to Spanish for potential investors in the Spanish Market, as well as other assigned duties from the Senior Partner, Mr. James Baker.

September 1965 to September 1966

  • Attorney with the law firm of Mann, Castillon, Freed and Kazen, Laredo National Bank Building, Laredo Texas.
  • Handled cases involving defense work, real estate transactions and probate. Left to travel and work in Europe.


  • University of Texas Law School, L.L.B. June 1965. Licensed, September 1965.Class Secretary; Law School Board of Governors; Inns of Court; International Law Society; Associate Editor of the Law School Yearbook; Reporter for the Texas Law Forum; Secretary for the Student Court. Ranked Top 10% of Class).
  • University of Texas at Austin.  Degree B.A.  History and English. June, 1963. National Honorary History Society; Active in various clubs and participated in Campus Politics.
  • Ursuline Academy, Laredo, Texas. Received Diploma May 1959. Class Officer; Student Council; National Honor Society.