Faculty News for Professor Wendy Vaughn
Clinical Associate Professor
J.D., New York University School of Law
Phone: (815) 962-9980
Professor Vaughn Elected as President of Board of Directors for Prairie State Legal Services
On November 22, 2014, Clinical Associate Professor Wendy Vaughn was elected as President of the Board of Directors of Prairie State Legal Services. Prairie State’s attorneys provide legal aid and representation to make it easier for clients to access the court system and to ensure fairness from government agencies. The agency has been providing clients with access to justice for over 37 years, regardless of how much money a person has to hire an attorney. In northern Illinois, Prairie State provides legal help in 36 counties. Professor Vaughn has served on the Board of Directors since 2008.
Professor Vaughn Presents Programs on Pro Bono and Client Communication
In recognition of national pro bono week, Clinical Associate Professor Wendy Vaughn moderated a day-long Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) CLE program entitled "Pro Bono Palooza: Family Law, Employment Law, and Ethics" on October 24, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. In addition to serving as the program’s moderator, Professor Vaughn was a co-presenter for the session entitled "Communicating with Clients and Using Interpreters Ethically and Effectively."
Professor Vaughn, along with Prairie State Legal Services Managing Attorney and NIU alumna Kathy McGowan Bettcher & professional court interpreter Nicole Okerblad, shared best practices for working with interpreters and the ethical rules governing lawyers’ use of interpreters. Professor Vaughn is a member of the ISBA’s Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services and serves as the CLE Coordinator and Secretary of this committee.
Professor Wendy Vaughn and NIU Law Student Irakere Picon Engage Rockford's Latino Community
On Friday, October 17, 2014, Clinical Associate Professor Wendy Vaughn provided a presentation in Spanish to clients and staff of La Voz Latina. La Voz Latina provides educational and social programs for Rockford, IL’s Hispanic community. Professor Vaughn’s presentation focused on services available for domestic violence survivors for Latinos in Rockford. Professor Vaughn provided information and materials in Spanish to help La Voz Latina's clients identify issues of domestic violence, to engage in safety planning, and to obtain an order of protection when appropriate.
Then on Thursday, October 23, 2014, third-year NIU Law student Irakere Picon appeared on the Spanish language news program Eyewitness News en Español on WTVO-TV/WQRF-TV in Rockford. Irakere was interviewed live in Spanish by news anchor Carolina Cruz about the availability of free legal services at the NIU College of Law Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic in Rockford. In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Irakere discussed the legal services provided by the NIU Law Civil Justice Clinic to domestic violence survivors and the availability of bilingual staff and students to represent Spanish-speaking clients. Irakere, who is currently participating in the Civil Justice Clinic, has already successfully represented several clients this semester, including two Spanish-speaking clients.
Professor Vaughn Provides Continuing Legal Education Program to the Illinois Attorney General’s Office
The Illinois Attorney General’s office invited Clinical Assistant Professor Wendy Vaughn to return as a Distinguished Speaker for 2014 on October 20. In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Professor Vaughn provided training and led an interactive discussion with Attorney General Lisa Madigan and the Assistant Attorneys General in Chicago. Professor Vaughn’s presentation focused on understanding barriers faced by domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking survivors, identifying high lethality risk factors, utilizing remedies available under Illinois’ order of protection statutes, and providing appropriate resources and support to survivors.
Professor Wendy Vaughn Honored by International Association for Continuing Legal Education
In September 2014, Clinical Associate Professor Wendy Vaughn was honored by the International Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA) at the organization's annual meeting in Boston. Professor Vaughn received an Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Public Interest category for her CLE course, Family and Consumer Law Pro Bono Bootcamp, which was sponsored by the IIllinois State Bar Association (ISBA) Delivery of Legal Services Committee. Professor Vaughn was recognized for her award in the September 26, 2014 edition of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.
NIU Law Clinical Faculty Present at the Midwest Clinic Teachers’ Conference
On September 13, 2014, the NIU Law Clinical Faculty (Professors Anita Maddali, Paul Cain, Wendy Vaughn, Alan Boudreau and Colleen Boraca) presented at the Midwest Clinic Teachers’ Conference at Michigan State University College of Law. The presentation, Community Lawyering: Looking Beyond your Backyard to Make a Difference, examined the role of community partnerships in developing and expanding clinical opportunities for law students. Faculty members shared how NIU’s legal clinics are working with various community partners to make a difference in multiple communities throughout northern Illinois.
Professor Vaughn Elected to Bar Foundation Board of Directors
Clinical Assistant Professor Wendy Vaughn has been elected to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the Winnebago County Bar Foundation. Professor Vaughn was nominated for this position and elected at the Winnebago County Bar Association's Annual Meeting on June 5th, 2014. Professor Vaughn will serve a four-year term.
Vaughn Honored by Rockford Public School District
Clinical Assistant Professor Wendy Vaughn was honored by the Rockford Public School District 205 (RPS) at its inaugural Academy Awards ceremony on June 6, 2014 at Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, where the School District presented the first College and Career Readiness Rocking Awards. Vaughn was named a Council Member of the Year in recognition of her work with RPS College and Career Readiness Councils to help shape academies, pathways, Academy Support Teams, and district-wide student programs.
Professor Vaughn has chaired RPS' Youth Court subcommittee and led a multi-agency team including officials from Rockford Public Schools, the City of Rockford and Rockford Police Department, Winnebago County's State's Attorney's Office and Juvenile Probation Division, Youth Services Network, and Rosecrance Health Network to create a Youth Court diversion program within Rockford's public high schools (see column below). As a result of this work, Youth Services Network has received a three year grant from the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois to fund the implementation of a Youth Court Program in all four of Rockford's traditional high schools. In 2014, the first Youth Court program was piloted at Jefferson High School. For the last two years, Professor Vaughn has participated in RPS' Human and Public Services College and Career Readiness Council (HPS CCRC) and served as a member of Jefferson High School's Academic Support Team.
Vaughn Writes Guest Column for Rockford Register Star
Clinical Assistant Professor Wendy Vaughn was invited to be a guest columnist for the Rockford Register Star. Her article advocating the creation of a youth court in Rockford, IL appeared on the editorial page of the paper on Tuesday, February 25, 2014. For the last year, Professor Vaughn has been a member of Rockford School District 205's Human and Public Services College and Career Readiness Council and chaired its Youth Court Subcommittee. On February 27, the Winnebago County Board unanimously approved the Youth Court project. The project was also approved by the Rockford City Council on February 24th and by the District 205 School Board on Feburary 25th.
Professor Vaughn Moderates Family and Consumer Law Pro Bono Bootcamp
In recognition of National Pro Bono Celebration Week, the Illinois State Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services sponsored a free CLE on October 25, 2013 in Rockford, Illinois. The CLE focused on providing information regarding the fundamentals of family law and consumer law to attorneys who committed to handling at least one pro bono case in the upcoming year from organizations such as Prairie State Legal Services. Clinical Assistant Professor Wendy Vaughn, who serves as the CLE Coordinator for the ISBA’s Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services, moderated the day long training program.
Professor Vaughn recruited a number of NIU College of Law alumni to participate in the event. Alumna Katherine McGowan-Bettcher ('91) provided training on custody and visitation, while alumnus Donald Ray ('91) presented information on child support establishment and enforcement. Recent alumnus Kevin Zickterman ('13) gave an overview of resources available to pro bono attorneys through Illinois Legal Aid Online’s pro bono website.
Professor Wendy Vaughn Speaks at Illinois Attorney General's Office
The Illinois Attorney General’s Office invited Clinical Assistant Professor Wendy Vaughn to serve as Distinguished Speaker for 2013. In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Professor Vaughn presented “Shining the Light on Domestic Violence in Illinois” to Assistant Attorneys General in Springfield, Illinois on October 17, 2013. Professor Vaughn’s in-house professional development program highlighted the complexity of decisions and choices confronted by domestic violence survivors in seeking safety; the remedies available to abuse survivors under the Illinois Domestic Violence Act; the types of orders of protection available under Illinois’ Domestic Violence Act, the Civil No Contact Act, and the Stalking No Contact Act; and information regarding the types of services available to assist survivors in Illinois as well as resources available to survivors from the Illinois Attorney General’s Office.
Professor Wendy Vaughn Provides Order of Protection Advocacy Training
On October 14, 2013, Clinical Assistant Professor Wendy Vaughn trained legal advocates and staff at Remedies, Inc., a domestic violence shelter and social services provider in Rockford, IL. Professor Vaughn’s presentation focused on order of protection advocacy to protect the safety of domestic violence survivors and their children pursuant to the Illinois Domestic Violence Act. Advocates learned legal strategies to help survivors navigate Winnebago County's new Domestic Violence Coordinated Court Division and to enforce their orders of protection.
Professor Wendy Vaughn Named Supervising Attorney at Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic
Clinical Assistant Professor Wendy Vaughn has been named the Supervising Attorney at the NIU College of Law's Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic in Rockford, IL. Professor Vaughn has been working at the clinic since 2007, when she began supervising students in the Elder Law and Domestic Abuse clinics. Currently she is the coordinator of the NIU Law Civil Justice Clinic.
Professor Vaughn Contributes Article Recognizing Pro Bono Providers
On July 15, 2013, Clinical Assistant Professor Wendy Vaughn contributed to the Illinois State Bar Association's "Illinois Lawyer Now" in an article describing and recognizing the exemplary pro bono contributions of McLean County attorney Michael McElvain, the McDonald's Corporation, and the Clark County Bar Association, all of whom were awarded the John C. McAndrews Pro Bono Service Award on June 21, 2013 during the ISBA's annual meeting.
Professor Wendy Vaughn Pens Article on Bernard H. Shapiro
On June 27, 2013, Clinical Assistant Professor Wendy Vaughn authored an article for the Illinois State Bar Association's "Illinois Lawyer Now" recognizing the work of Bernard H. Shapiro for his dedication to providing civil legal services to vulnerable residents of Illinois as the Director of Litigation at Prairie State Legal Services for the last 35 years. The ISBA awarded Shapiro the Joseph R. Bartylak Memorial Legal Services Award at their 2013 annual meeting.
Professor Wendy Vaughn Honored by Association of Fundraising Professionals
On April 16, 2013 the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Rockford Area Chapter honored Clinical Assistant Professor Wendy Vaughn at their “Honor Your Own” luncheon. During the Honor Your Own luncheon, Rockford area non-profit organizations recognized individual honorees for their outstanding dedication and efforts as volunteer, fundraiser, board member, sponsor or partner to their organizations. Ms. Vaughn was nominated for this honor by Prairie State Legal Services for her dedication to the provision of legal services and her contribution to the Prairie State Legal Services Board of Directors and Campaign for Legal Services.
Professor Vaughn Conducts Training on Compensation Program
On April 15, 2013, Clinical Assistant Professor Wendy Vaughn conducted an in-service training at Remedies Renewing Lives, Inc. in Rockford, Illinois. Professor Vaughn's presentation provided Remedies' counselors and staff with an overview of the Illinois Crime Victim's Compensation Program, information regarding their clients' eligibility for the program, and suggestions for how advocates can assist their clients to successfully navigate the application process and receive compensation for losses suffered as a result of a violent crime.
Professor Wendy Vaughn Teaches CLE Session
On February 18, 2013, Clinical Assistant Professor Vaughn provided Continuing Legal Education for the Winnebago County Bar Association's Guardian ad Litem Training. Professor Vaughn presented on the topics of "Levels of Violence" and on "Mediation in Family Law Cases Involving Domestic Violence." Vaughn's presentation fulfilled the 17th Judicial Circuit's Local Rule 14.06 requiring that all attorneys appointed to serve as guardians ad litem, child representatives, and attorneys for children receive training in domestic violence every two years.
Professor Vaughn Quoted in Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
The January 25, 2013 issue of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin featured an article by Jerry Crimmins detailing the potentially groundbreaking domestic violence case recently litigated by Professor Lawrence Schlam. The article features quotes from Schlam as well as Professor Wendy Vaughn of the NIU Law civil justice clinic. As part of the case, Professor Schlam obtained an order establishing, for the first time in Illinois, implied standing of domestic violence victims to intervene directly in the criminal proceedings to enforce their rights.
Clinical Assistant Professor Vaughn Re-Elected as President of Board of Directors for PSLS
On November 10, 2012, the Board of Directors of Prairie State Legal Services re-elected Clinical Assistant Professor Wendy Vaughn to a second term as President of the Board of Directors. Professor Vaughn will serve for an additional three years. Professor Vaughn was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2008 and elected to her first term as President of the Board of Directors in 2010.
Professor Wendy Vaughn Appointed CLE Coordinator
On April 30, 2012, Clinical Assistant Professor Wendy Vaughn was appointed CLE Coordinator by the CLE Subcommittee of the Illinois State Bar Association's Standing Committee on Delivery of Legal Services. As CLE Coordinator, Ms. Vaughn will work with the Standing Committee on Delivery of Legal Services and the CLE Subcommittee to develop continuing legal education programs and will serve as a liaison to the ISBA CLE Committee regarding scheduling, content, faculty, and approval. In honor of Pro Bono Week, Ms. Vaughn and the CLE Subcommittee are planning a day long CLE program in Bloomington, Illinois on Friday, October 26, 2012.
Professor Wendy Vaughn Speaks on Legal Protection for Children
Professor Vaughn gave a presentation on April 4, 2012 for the 17th Judicial Circuit Family Violence Coordinating Council. This is the second such presentation that she has given this year. The first presentation was on February 29, 2012. Because the presentation was so well attended and there were not enough spots for all that were interested, Professor Vaughn was asked to give the talk a second time.
Professor Wendy Vaughn Appointed to ISBA Committee
As of April 3, 2012, Professor Vaughn has been appointed by Illinois State Bar Association President-Elect John E. Thies to the 2012-2013 ISBA Standing Committee on Delivery of Legal Services. This is a "re-appointment." Professor Vaughn was first appointed to this Standing Committee in 2009-2010 and has been reappointed each year since that time.
Professor Wendy Vaughn Representing Winnebago County for Legal Services
On February 28, 2012 the Governing Body of the Winnebago County Bar Association appointed Professor Vaughn to another term as an attorney member representing Winnebago County to the Prairie State Legal Services Board of Directors. She is currently serving as the President of Prairie State's Board of Directors until 2013.