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Professor Wendy Vaughn Receives Shining the Light on Domestic Violence Recognition Award

From left to right: Alumna Patti Zimmerman ('16), Professor Wendy Vaughn and alumni Alexis Simmons ('14) and Marishonta Wilkerson ('15).

From left to right: Alumna Patti Zimmerman ('16), Professor Wendy Vaughn and alumni Alexis Simmons ('14) and Marishonta Wilkerson ('15).

November 21, 2016

On October 26, 2016, the Illinois Seventeenth Judicial Circuit’s Family Violence Coordinating Council awarded Clinical Associate Professor Wendy Vaughn with the 2016 Shining the Light on Domestic Violence Recognition Award during the fifteenth annual Shining the Light on Domestic Violence Ceremony, sponsored by the NIU College of Law and held at the Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic in Rockford.

Judge Rosemary Collins, who has been the chairperson of the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit’s Family Violence Coordinating Council for over twenty years and is a nationally recognized expert in the field of domestic violence, was the master of ceremonies for the event. In presenting the award to Professor Vaughn, Judge Collins noted that “Professor Vaughn has been a catalyst for change in our community in many areas but we are especially privileged to have her as a partner in the work that has been done to end domestic violence in our community.”

Over the last five years, Professor Vaughn has worked closely with the 17th Judicial Circuit to develop and implement a Domestic Violence Coordinated Court in Winnebago County. The court creates systems for holding perpetrators of domestic violence accountable and enhances services for domestic violence survivors and children. Judge Collins highlighted Professor Vaughn’s work and noted that she “has been integral in the grant-writing process that has so successfully brought close to three million dollars ($2,880,371.00) into our community to address this critical issue.” In her concluding remarks, Judge Collins remarked that “aside from participating and leading these many projects, it is Professor Vaughn’s ‘We can do this’ spirit and innovative vision that has made a profuse impact on the progress and content of this work.”

The Shining the Light ceremony was attended by NIU College of Law alumni, local law enforcement, elected officials and members of the community. Artwork from local high school students was on display and winners of the first Shining the Light on Domestic Violence Teen Art Contest were honored. Clinical Professor Paul Cain and his musical combo of Northern Law students provided music throughout the event. Attorney Alexis Simmons ('14), NIU College of Law alumna and the first Illinois Bar Foundation fellow at NIU, sponsored the refreshments.

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Melody Mitchell
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(815) 753-9655 or mmitchell@niu.edu

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