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Wynona Ward papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00486

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of Ward's vitae; writings by Ward, including narratives of her own experience of domestic violence and essays written for law school classes and for the lecture circuit; domestic violence statistics for Orange County, Vermont in 1995; and a folder containing informational materials about her organization, Have Justice Will Travel.

Dates

  • 1953-2003

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is closed pending deed of gift.

Conditions Governing Access

Until we move into New Neilson in early 2021, collections are stored in multiple locations and may take up to 48 hours to retrieve. Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact Special Collections (specialcollections@smith.edu) at least a week in advance of any planned visits so that boxes may be retrieved for them in a timely manner.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials in this collection may be governed by copyright. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. Researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Biographical Note

Wynona Ward graduated from high school in 1969. She attended Boston University, and later earned her A.B. degree from Vermont College of Norwich University in 1995 and her J.D. from Vermont Law School in 1998; she became a member of the Vermont Bar in 2000. In the years prior to earning her undergraduate degree, Ward worked as Secretary to the Superintendent of a Vermont school district (1969 to 1973); as Office Manager of DTSS, Inc. (1973 to 1977); and, from 1980 to 1995, owned, operated, and was principle truck driver for Ward Transportation Services. While in law school, she clerked in the Vermont Family Court and in the Child Protection Unit of the Vermont Attorney General's Office (1997), and worked as a legal intern at the South Royalton (VT) Legal Clinic from 1997 to 2000.

Based on her own experience of childhood poverty and domestic violence, Ward founded Have Justice Will Travel in 1998, an organization that "brings free legal services into rural [Vermont] communities by providing in-home consultations, transportation, and legal representation for low-income women who are victims of domestic violence." Ward travels to her clients in a four-wheel drive vehicle equipped with cell phone, laptop computer, printer, and CB radio. She assists the women and their children in all phases of the process, from the initial interview and the relief from abuse order through self-sufficiency and independence. To this end, Ward and her staff also work closely with victim advocacy groups and social service agencies in making sure clients receive the necessary support services. Ward maintains the primary HJWT office in her home in Chelsea, Vermont, staffed by her husband and by interns and volunteers from Vermont Law School and Dartmouth College. After receiving a $150,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice's Violence Against Women Act Office in 2001 to expand its services, HJWT established offices in Bennington and Brattleboro, Vermont in 2002, and hired an attorney to direct their operations. Ward lectures widely and also provides "instructive symposia" on how to implement the HJWT model in other rural areas. She has received many honors and awards, including Outstanding Law Student of the Year in 1998 (chosen from a national pool of more than 3,500 candidates), and Lifetime Television for Women's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003.

Extent

0.5 linear feet (2 containers)

Overview

Wynona Ward founded Have Justice Will Travel in 1998, an organization that brings free legal services into rural [Vermont] communities to disrupt domestic abuse. Her papers consist of Ward's vitae; writings by Ward, including narratives of her own experience of domestic violence and essays written for law school classes and for the lecture circuit; domestic violence statistics for Orange County, Vermont in 1995; and a folder containing informational materials about her organization, Have Justice Will Travel.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection came from Wynona Ward. The date is unknown.

Related Materials

Voices of Feminism Oral History Project

Creator

Title
Finding aid to the Wynona Ward papers
Status
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Description rules
dacs

Revision Statements

  • 2017-07-26T17:48:24-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2019-06-21: Updated finding aid and published.

Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

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