ASU law professor helps victims of family violence - Community

ASU law professor helps victims of family violence

MARILYN HAWKES | Staff Writer | Posted: Friday, July 27, 2012 12:00 am

Even though Sarah Buel grew up without a television, she credits TV's "Perry Mason" with her decision to become an attorney. She became acquainted with the fictional lawyer while watching TV on baby-sitting jobs in the early '60s. "Once I saw Perry Mason and saw that he could make the right thing happen, I thought, that's what I need to learn." There were no female lawyers on TV back then, she adds.

A former domestic abuse victim, Buel has devoted her career to helping others in similar situations. When she left her abusive ex-husband back in the '70s, she was appalled at the treatment she received from the court. "I didn't really set out to have it be my life's work," she says, "so in some ways it's very humbling 35 years later to still be doing this...(trying) to figure out how we bring about family peace."

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