Clinic Highlight

Clinical Assistant Professor Wendy Vaughn
Awarded the Pioneer in Peace Award

September 26, 2012

Rockford, Ill. – On September 26, 2012 the Violence Prevention Collaborative (VPC) and the Winnebago County Health Department held the 13th Annual Celebration and Partners for Peace Awards Luncheon. The theme of the event was “Prevention Proven Through Deeds”

Winnebago County State’s Attorney, Joseph Bruscato, was the Master of Ceremonies for the event. Circuit Judge Rosemary Collins, who presides as Council Chair of the 17th Judicial Circuit Court’s Family Violence Coordinating Council, served as the Presenter of Awards.

Each year, the Violence Prevention Collaborative Award Committee selects one individual who has led the Winnebago and Boone Counties path to peace through violence prevention leadership to receive the annual Pioneer in Peace Award. During the event, Judge Rosemary Collins presented the 2012 Pioneer in Peace Award to Clinical Assistant Professor Wendy Vaughn. Judge Collins recognized Professor Vaughn for her advocacy on behalf of survivors of domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault, her participation in various initiatives of the 17th Judicial Circuit Court’s Family Violence Coordinating Council, and her work as a Board member of Children’s Safe Harbor. Dean Jennifer Rosato, Associate Professor Robert Jones, and Clinical Associate Professor Paul Cain of Northern Illinois University College of Law were present at the awards luncheon and thanked by Judge Collins for their support.

Judge Rosemary Collins (left) presents the Pioneer in Peace Award to Professor Wendy Vaughn.

Judge Rosemary Collins (left) presents the Pioneer in Peace Award to Professor Wendy Vaughn.

As part of the ceremony, the 13th Annual Partners for Peace Awards were given to an individual and also to an organization in recognition of their outstanding contributions to breaking the cycle of violence. This year, the individual Partner for Peace award was bestowed upon Associate Judge Joseph J. Bruce for his ongoing work and contributions to Winnebago County’s new Domestic Violence Coordinated Court Division. Judge Bruce currently presides over civil domestic violence order of protection cases involving intimate partner violence, as well as related divorce matters.

Carpenter’s Place was chosen to receive the 2012 Partner for Peace organization award for their work and services every day to homeless men and women in Rockford. Cathy Barsema, Director of Guest Services, accepted the award on behalf of Carpenter’s Place. The Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic of Northern Illinois University College of Law was awarded the Partner for Peace organization award in 2010.

Before the Awards Luncheon, the Violence Prevention Collaborative and the Winnebago County Health Department hosted a seminar “Navigating the Digital Pitfalls of Today’s Youth: Internet Safety & Cyber-bullying.” Sarah Migas of the Illinois Attorney General’s office provided information about internet safety, online predators, bullying online, and how to educate children and teens to protect their confidential information and maintain privacy while using the internet.