AUSTIN, Texas—The Texas Civil Rights Project honored Sarah Buel, clinical professor at The University of Texas School of Law, with the 2005 Henry B. González Award for Civil Rights. The award was presented on Sunday, Oct. 23, at the University of Texas Union Ballroom.
“Professor Buel's work in preventing domestic violence and helping victims is an inspiration for our students, faculty, and staff. We are proud of her work,” said Dean Bill Powers.
“I am tremendously honored by this Award both because of my deep admiration for Rep. Henry B. Gonzales as a trailblazing activist throughout his life, and because of the phenomenal work of the TCRP in steadfastly fighting to protect Texan’s civil rights,” said Buel.
Professor Buel has spent the past 28 years working with battered women, abused children, and juveniles within the legal system. She started, then co-directed UT Law’s Domestic Violence Clinic. She also teaches “Domestic Violence and the Law,” and torts courses.
Buel is co-founder of The University of Texas Voices Against Violence program that has developed a system of comprehensive, coordinated services for victims of sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. She is also co-founder of The University of Texas Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault that focuses on research, pedagogy, and direct services.
She serves as the faculty supervisor for the Survivor Support Network (SSN), a group of law and business students assisting abuse victims to achieve economic literacy and security; and the student group, Society Encouraging Excellence Through Diversity (SEED), that sponsors educational programs encouraging discourse, scholarship, and action on issues of race and culture.
Professor Buel has served as Special Counsel for the Texas District and County Attorneys Association, providing domestic violence training, technical, and case assistance to prosecutors throughout Texas. For six years she was a prosecutor, most of that time with the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office in Quincy, MA., helping to establish their award-winning domestic violence and juvenile programs. Previously, Buel served as a victim advocate, state policy coordinator, and legal aid paralegal.
The Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP) promotes racial, social, and economic justice through education and litigation. TCRP strives to foster equality, secure justice, ensure diversity, and strengthen communities. TCRP was founded in 1990 as part of Oficina Legal del Pueblo Unido, a non-profit community-based foundation located in South Texas.
Since its beginning, TCRP has achieved substantial system gains in ensuring justice for all Texans. TCRP uses education and litigation to make structural change in areas such as voting rights, police and border patrol misconduct, sex discrimination, employment bias, privacy, disability rights, grand jury discrimination, traditional civil liberties (i.e. free speech), and Title IX in secondary education.