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NO. R-173. JOINT RESOLUTION in memory of Joan Bauer.

(J.R.H. 115)

Offered by: Representatives Jordan of Middlesex, Alfano of Calais, Grad of Moretown, Kitzmiller of Montpelier and Brooks of Montpelier.

Whereas, Joan Bauer was an attorney who dedicated her legal career to defending and safeguarding the rights of Vermont women and children, particularly those who have suffered violence and abuse, and

Whereas, for 23 years, the last 16 of which were spent as a Vermont Legal Aid attorney, she demonstrated that a committed and compassionate response to domestic violence could both assist individuals and transform the systems that serve them, and

Whereas, she graduated from the University of Michigan and Northeastern University Law School, and worked as a legal services attorney in Kentucky before moving with her family to Vermont, and

Whereas, through her mentoring and instructional activities, she served as an inspirational role model for other attorneys, and

Whereas, she was recognized as a leader by her colleagues and served Vermontís legal community as chair of the Womenís Section of the Vermont Bar Association and head of the Family Court Rules Committee, and

Whereas, Joan Bauer received the 2000 Governorís Commission on Women, "Making a Difference for Women Award," and in 1999, the "Lifetime Achievement Award" of the Vermont Network Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Vermont Abuse Protection Act, which Joan helped develop, and

Whereas, Joan Bauer loved to spend time in the outdoors, and was an enthusiastic hiker, swimmer and skier, and

Whereas, her recent death has left a large void not only for her husband Henry Hinton and two daughters, Rachel Hinton and Katy Bauer, but also among her many professional colleagues and members of the community, who so greatly admired and respected her work as a legal advocate for women and children and her commitment to community and public service, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its sincere condolences to the family of Joan Bauer, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Henry Hinton in Middlesex.