Ethics (Representation of Children)

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Ethics

Angela C. Vigil is a Pro Bono Partner and Executive Director at the law firm of Baker & McKenzie. Ms. Vigil has an active practice in the representation of children in children’s law, in appellate work and in human rights and civil rights advocacy. She has been recognized with honors from Northwestern University School of Law for her Outstanding Commitment to Public Service, the American Bar Association for her pro bono work, the National Association of Counsel for Children for her work on behalf of children and youth, and several organizations in Florida where she lives and practices.  She is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences on issues including U.S. Supreme Court decision relevant to defenders at the National Juvenile Defender Summit, sessions at the Pro Bono Institute’s national seminar, sessions at the Equal Justice Conference of the National Legal Aid and Defenders Association and the ABA, a human rights perspective on the legal needs of street-connected children at the International Summit on the Legal Needs of Street Children as well as other organizations.  She recently helped found the Children’s Rights Summit that is now an annual event in Silicon Valley for in-house counsel and children’s advocates.  She also helped lead the first-ever White House Hackathon on foster care and technology and has continued the work started there in other technology developments around the country focusing on at risk and vulnerable children and youth.

She is member and helps lead efforts of the American Bar Association in public interest law including the Working Group on Unaccompanied Minor Immigrants of the ABA, Section of Litigation’s Children’s Rights Litigation Committee, the Coordinating Committee on the Legal Needs of Homeless Youth, and the Pro Pro Bono Task Force for the Section of Litigation.  Angela is a board member and active faculty for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, and a member of the Standing committee on Pro Bono for the Florida Bar.  Her past work includes service as a Pro Bono Task Force member of congressionally-appointed Legal Services Corporation (LSC), the single largest funder of civil legal aid for low-income Americans in the nation and a former chair of this Commission.