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April 4, 2005

Press Contact: Allegra Young, UT Law, (512) 917-9159

Children's Rights Clinic Director Bree Buchanan, '89, Honored for Outstanding Public Service

Austin Bar Association honors lecturer for her work in children's rights and family violence

AUSTIN, Texas - On April 6, Bree Buchanan, '89, will be awarded the Regina Rogoff Award by the Austin Bar Association for outstanding service in the public/nonprofit sector. Buchanan serves as UT Law's Children's Rights Clinic Director and as a Law School lecturer.

Buchanan is best known for her work on behalf of adult and child victims of family violence through UT Law's Children's Rights Clinic, the Texas Council on Family Violence, and Legal Aid of Central Texas. She is a founding board member of both the Texas Women's Coalition and the Central Texas Association of Counsel for Children, and was co-founder of the Austin Teen Court program.

About the award:

The Regina Rogoff Award was created by the Austin Bar Foundation to honor for outstanding service in the public interest. Regina Rogoff, '73, served for 20 years as the executive director of Legal Aid of Central Texas.

About Bree Buchanan:

Bree Buchanan, J.D., has practiced law in the public and private sector with a focus on representing both adult and child victims of family violence. Ms. Buchanan is the Co-Director of the Children's Rights Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law. Prior to her appointment in the summer of 2002, she served as the Public Policy Director for the Texas Council on Family Violence, where she was responsible for development and implementation of TCFV's legislative initiatives at both the state and federal level. Upon graduation from the University of Texas School of Law in 1989, Ms. Buchanan served as a family law attorney for Legal Aid of Central Texas and, subsequently, opened a solo family law practice in Austin.

Ms. Buchanan has written numerous articles and been a frequent speaker at conferences on family violence laws and their impact on victims. She has conducted government relations and developed policy initiatives with a wide variety of state agencies, including the Department of Family and Protective Services, Department of Human Services, Office of the Attorney General and Department of Criminal Justice. In 2001, Ms. Buchanan was chosen to participate in the U.S.-Japan Society "Women in Public Policy" exchange program and speaking tour of Japan on domestic violence policies.

Ms. Buchanan is an appointee to the ABA Commission on Domestic Violence and serves on the board of the Women's Advocacy Project. She is a founder and board member of the Texas Women's Coalition, and a founder and board president of the Central Texas Association of Counsel for Children. She was named the "Outstanding Young Lawyer of 2000" in Austin, Texas, by the Austin Young Lawyers Association. In 1998, Ms. Buchanan served as president of the Travis County Women Lawyers Association, and created the Farris-Cisneros Scholarship Fund for minority women attending law school in Texas.

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