AG Fox Presents Outstanding Advocate Award in Helena

AG Fox Presents Outstanding Advocate Award in Helena

FORT HARRISON –  Montana Attorney General Tim Fox presented the 2019 Matt Dale Outstanding Advocate of the Year Award at a ceremony this morning at Fort Harrison. The recipient, a Judge Advocate with the Montana National Guard, was honored at an event held in the Joint Force Headquarters Auditorium.

Colleagues nominated Colonel Beverly Schneider for her advocacy on behalf of military victims of violence, particularly those in sexual assault cases.  Colonel Schneider began her career as an Assistant Staff Judge Advocate stationed at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls. She began serving as a Staff Judge Advocate for the Montana National Guard in 2010 at Fort Harrison.

“Sometimes, military victims may not feel comfortable bringing issues forward to their chain of command,” Attorney General Tim Fox said. “Colonel Schneider has always been compelled to act on behalf of those victims, particularly for survivors of sexual assault.  Over the past several years, Colonel Schneider has demonstrated excellence in using a victim-centered approach, and I am pleased to note she is our first honoree from the military justice system in the 26-year history of this award,” Attorney General Fox added.

“Colonel Beverly Schneider has dedicated herself to assisting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault both within and outside the military.  Her compassion and steadfast determination to ensure victims are cared for, and every service is afforded for their continued assistance, has made a positive difference in the lives of victims,” said Montana’s Adjutant General, Major General Matthew Quinn.

Next week, Attorney General Fox will present the award to the remaining two 2019 honorees; one in Miles City and one in Red Lodge.

For a list of winners from the past 26 years, click here.

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The Outstanding Advocate of the Year Award is named in memory of Matt Dale.  For 17 years, Matt directed the Montana Department of Justice’s Office of Consumer Protection and Victim Services.  Through Matt’s leadership, Montana instituted policies and programs to protect victims of domestic violence and prevent intimate partner homicides, including those in Indian Country.  Over the course of his career, Matt became a national expert on the topic of domestic violence and traveled across the country speaking about Montana’s Fatality Review Team and its work.  The award was named in his honor after his death last summer.

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