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With great excitement, the R.O.S.E. Fund announces another name from its roster of supporters and honorees.  Highly accomplished lawyer and professor Sarah Buel will receive the Sterling R.O.S.E. Award of Excellence at the Annual Awards Gala in October.

Buel, originally from Chicago, Illinois, has long been an advocate of domestic violence (DV) prevention and support to its victims.  Her dedication to the issue stems largely from her own history as a DV survivor, as she married into an abusive relationship at the age of twenty.

Born in 1953, Buel was very ambitious even as a child, despite her familial background.  Her mother had married an abusive man and her siblings were frequently in trouble; it was expected that she would follow in their footsteps.  However, Buel had higher hopes for herself and moved to New York after the 8th grade to continue her education.  From that day forward, she was the epitome of self-sufficiency: She worked her way through high school and college for several years until she earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard in 1987; for many of those latter years, she was a single mother.

Buel then went on to study at Harvard Law School, eventually graduating cum laude in 1990.  During her time there, she was very committed to the the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau and also founded the Harvard Battered Women’s Advocacy Project, the Harvard Women in Prison Project, as well as the Harvard Children and Family Rights Project.

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Since then, Buel has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of DV.  Following her days in law school, she worked as a state policy coordinator and legal aid paralegal.  Eventually, she became a prosecutor with the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office in Quincy, Massachusetts, where she contributed to the formation of many esteemed DV and juvenile programs.

For over 30 years, Buel has continued to focus on the deterrence of DV, in addition to support of its victims.  Today, she is a Clinical Professor at the University of Texas School of Law, teaching Domestic Violence and the Law, criminal law and torts courses.   She founded and still directs many of the school’s advocacy programs, including the Domestic Violence Clinic, Voices Against Violence and the interdisciplinary University of Texas Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

Though she carries her own list of accomplishments far too long to be recited in one sitting, Buel frequently notes that she carries no greater pride than that for her son, Jacey, who also graduated from law school after working with at-risk teens in Boston for five years.

The 14th Annual R.O.S.E. Fund Awards Gala will take place on October 13, 2009 at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel.  For tickets and more information, please visit: http://rosefund.org/events.html

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