Wendy VaughnWendy Hinton Vaughn
Clinical Associate Professor

J.D., New York University School of Law
Email: wvaughn@niu.edu
Phone: (815) 962-9980


Wendy Hinton Vaughn is a Clinical Associate Professor in the College of Law’s Clinical Faculty and Supervising Attorney at the Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic. Professor Vaughn also teaches the Civil Justice Clinic. She joined Northern Illinois University College of Law in August 2007 and initially supervised students in the Elder Law Clinic and Domestic Abuse Clinic.

Professor Vaughn’s legal career has been dedicated to social change advocacy and poverty law on behalf of low-income clients. Before coming to NIU, Professor Vaughn worked as the Supervising Attorney of the Family Law Advocacy Group at Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County and as the Legal Director of Levitt & Quinn Family Law Center. She is a member of the California, District of Columbia, and Illinois bars.

Professor Vaughn was awarded a National Association of Public Interest Law (Equal Justice Works) Fellowship to create a project on behalf of domestic violence survivors at the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia. She was awarded a Frederick B. Abramsom Public Interest Fellowship while at the Legal Aid Society, where she continued working as a Supervising Attorney and Director of the Intake Program after her fellowship.

Professor Vaughn is a 1998 graduate of New York University School of Law where she was awarded the Ann Petluck Poses Prize for outstanding work in a clinical course requiring student practice. While at NYU, she served as a teaching assistant for the Lawyering Program and the Brennan Center for Justice Public Policy Advocacy Clinic and served as a staff editor for the Review of Law and Social Change. Professor Vaughn has a B.A. in International Studies from Southwestern University.

Professor Vaughn currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors of Prairie State Legal Services and as a member of the Board of Directors of Children’s Safe Harbor. She is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services and the Committee’s Continuing Legal Education Coordinator. She is actively involved with the 17th Judicial Circuit Court Family Violence Coordinating Council as the Chair of the Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team, a member of the Domestic Violence Impact Panel Committee, a member of the Domestic Violence Coordinated Court Planning Committee, and a founding member of the Elder Abuse Fatality Team for Boone and Winnebago Counties.

Curriculum Vitae (.pdf)

Faculty News for Professor Vaughn

Recent Activities

  • Honored, Council Member of the Year Award, Rockford Public School District 205 Academy Awards, June 6, 2014.
  • Presented, "'School Related Remedies' and 'Counseling Remedies' under Illinois’ order of protection statutes," Continuing Legal Education, Winnebago County Bar Association's Family Law Training, June 18, 2013.
  • Appointed, Coordinator of CLE Subcommittee of ISBA Standing Committee on Delivery of Legal Services, May 30, 2013. 
  • Appointed, Chairperson of Youth Court subcommittee, Rockford Public School District Career and College Readiness Council–Human and Public Services Academy, May 29, 2013.
  • Appointed, ISBA Standing Committee on Delivery of Legal Services, April 23, 2013.
  • Honored, Association of Fundraising Professionals – Rockford Area Chapter, “Honor Your Own” luncheon, April 16, 2013.
  • Presented, "How to Protect Children and Teens through the Order of Protection Process," 17th Judicial Circuit Family Violence Coordinating Council, February 29, 2012 and April 4, 2012. Appointed, 2012-2013 ISBA Standing Committee on Delivery of Legal Services, April 3, 2012. 
  • Appointed, Attorney Member Representing Winnebago County to the Prairie State Legal Services Board of Directors, February 28, 2012. 


  • "Youth Court is Right Thing to Do," Rockford Register Star (February 24, 2014).
  • “Domestic Violence Impact Panel,” The Lawyer: The Magazine of the Winnebago County Bar Association, Volume DXCIX, Number 9, at 14 (September 2011). 
  • “Children’s Safe Harbor,” The Lawyer: The Magazine of the Winnebago County Bar Association, Volume LIXVI, Number 30, at 6 (December 2010) 
  • “The Illinois Domestic Violence Act: Protecting Vulnerable Seniors and Disabled Adults,” CBA Record, Special Issue: Seniors and the Law, Volume 24, Number 2, at 40 (February / March 2010).

Areas of Expertise:

Domestic Violence Law, Family Law, Elder Law, and Poverty Law