Professor Vaughn Featured in Podcast on Domestic Violence

Professor Wendy Hinton VaughnNIU Law Clinical Professor Wendy Vaughn was featured in a podcast released by the 17th Judicial Circuit entitled, “Learning with Laura Youngblut: Domestic Violence in Winnebago County.”  The nine-part series examines responses to domestic violence in Winnebago County, Illinois through the eyes of the host, Laura Youngblut.

Professor Vaughn is featured in part five, which is about orders of protection.  According the Court, each episode highlights a person, describes their role, and provides perspectives on domestic violence. Through these first-hand accounts, listeners will gain insight into common questions and assumptions about the criminal justice system.  Other episode guests include Associate Judge Jennifer J. Clifford, 17th Judicial Circuit Court; Deputy Chief Kurt Whisenand, City of Rockford Police Department; and Manager of the Mayor’s Office of Domestic and Community Violence Prevention Jennifer Cacciapaglia, City of Rockford.

Professor Vaughn is a clinical professor in the College of Law’s Clinical Faculty and supervising attorney at the Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic. She teaches Family Law, Poverty Law, and the Civil Justice Clinic. In July 2018, the Illinois State Bar Association awarded Professor Vaughn’s Civil Justice Clinic with the Excellence in Legal Education Award. Professor Vaughn’s work in the community has also been recognized with the Shining the Light on Domestic Violence Recognition Award in 2016 and the NIU College of Law’s Honorary Alumna Award in 2015.

She is actively involved with the 17th Judicial Circuit Court’s Family Violence Coordinating Council and serves as a member of the Domestic Violence Coordinated Court Core Team, the Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team, and the At Risk Adult Fatality Review Team. Professor Vaughn is appointed to the City of Rockford Mayor’s Taskforce on Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking Prevention and serves on the Family Peace Center’s Steering Committee, Governance Committee, and Service Delivery Committee.

The podcast can be accessed at or at the 17th Judicial Circuit’s website. The podcast is also available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

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