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ASF is thrilled to announce that our 2010 Schweitzer Fellows for Life (FFL) Conference will feature keynote speaker Wynona Ward—a lawyer and Schweitzer Fellow whose journey from abuse victim to legal advocate provides concrete, solid evidence of the difference one skilled, committed person can make in the lives of society’s most vulnerable people.

As a child growing up in rural Vermont, Wynona Ward and her mother suffered horrific abuse at the hands of Ward’s father. Now, Ward travels the length of the state several times each year in her trademark pickup truck, delivering mobile legal support for isolated, abused women and children in whose shoes she once stood.

In honor of her efforts to end domestic violence by empowering its victims through Have Justice Will Travel (HJWT), a unique and innovative mobile nonprofit that provides free legal services for domestic violence victims in rural Vermont, Ward was nominated as a CNN Hero by New Hampshire-Vermont Schweitzer Fellows Program Director Rebecca Torrey. Last month, Ward was named the first CNN Hero of 2010. In the past decade, HJWT has delivered legal and social support to more than 10,000 women and children in need.

“The purpose of ASF is to develop leaders who dedicate their lives to serving society’s most vulnerable members—ultimately reducing health disparities,” Torrey says. “Through HJWT, Wynona is doing exactly that.”

Taking place in Baltimore, Maryland on October 15-17, 2010, the 4th Annual FFL Conference will bring hundreds of health professionals and health professional students together to engage in dynamic, interdisciplinary dialogue about addressing health disparities through service and civic engagement. It’s never too early to register—do so by clicking here.

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