Mr. Hammond was raised in Bryan, Texas, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education as well as a Master of Arts Degree in History from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. After teaching 6th grade social studies in College Station for seven years he earned his Juris Doctorate in Law from Texas Tech University School of Law in 1989. Upon graduating from law school, Mr. Hammond was a briefing attorney for the Honorable Bob Gammage and Mack Kidd at the 3rd Judicial District Court of Appeals in Austin, Texas and has practiced law in Texas since 1991. In 1993, he began practicing guardianship and conservatorship law with a focus on protection of the elderly and disabled. Mr. Hammond was first elected to the National Guardianship Association’s Board of Directors in 1995 and for three subsequent terms served as Executive Director of National Guardianship Association from 2006 – 2010. He is currently on the NGA’s Board of Directors and chairs the State Affairs Committee. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Texas Guardianship Association and chairs the TGA Public Policy Committee. Mr. Hammond is the Executive Director of the Center for Excellence in Guardianship and Adult Protective Services, a 501(c)(4) organization that advocates for improvement in guardianship and adult protective services systems (www.cegaps.com).