AG Fox Presents Outstanding Advocate Award in Miles City
Montana Attorney General Tim Fox presented the 2019 Matt Dale Outstanding Advocate of the Year Award at a ceremony in Miles City today. The recipient, a family law attorney in private practice, was honored at a celebration held at the Miles City Courthouse.
Colleagues nominated Rennie Wittman for her advocacy on behalf of parents and children who are victims of domestic abuse, child abuse, and neglect. In addition to her private practice, Ms. Wittman assists Dawson County Domestic Violence and Eastern Montana CASA GAL, Inc. with parenting plans, restraining orders, divorce paper work, and preparations to testify in court. These organizations coordinate to help victims in the 7th, 16th, and 17th Judicial Districts.
“Rennie has chosen to assist those most in need in the criminal justice system – the victims of crime,” Attorney General Tim Fox said. “Despite the logistical challenges of serving a twelve-county area in Eastern Montana, Rennie ensures victims are treated with dignity and respect, and that they receive needed support services while navigating the legal system. She not only protects crime survivors and their families, but also works to hold offenders accountable,” Fox added.
Last week, Attorney General Fox also presented the award to Montana National Guard Colonel Beverly Schneider of Helena. On Friday, Fox will present the remaining 2019 award to an honoree in Red Lodge.
For a list of award winners from the past 26 years, click here.
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.