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Have Justice Will Travel Receives ABA Award for Bringing
Legal Services to Domestic Violence Victims

CHICAGO, Feb. 11, 2009 – Have Justice Will Travel, a mobile support program for victims of domestic violence in rural Vermont, will receive recognition on Friday, Feb. 13, during the American Bar Association Midyear Meeting in Boston.
 
The meritorious mention from the ABA Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services highlights the work of Have Justice Will Travel, an organization that began more than a decade ago to provide legal services as part of a holistic endeavor to end domestic violence in the state.
 
Established by Wynona Ward, herself a former victim of abuse, Have Justice Will Travel now reaches out from its Vershire headquarters to serve 11 of Vermont’s 14 counties.  The program’s goals are first to the break the generational cycle of violence; second, to help women become independent.  Since 1998, Have Justice Will Travel has served more than 10,000 women and children.
 
ABA Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services presents its annual awards for innovation in providing legal services in the memory of Louis M. Brown, who worked to improve access to legal services by advancing the idea of legal clinics in the 1950s and later with his students as a professor at the University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law. 

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