Angela Vigil, ‘12
Angela C. Vigil is a Partner at Baker & McKenzie and Director of the Firm’s Pro Bono and Community Service practice. Ms. Vigil has an active practice in the representation of children in juvenile and criminal court, in appellate work and in civil rights advocacy. She was recently recognized by Northwestern University School of Law for her Outstanding Commitment to Public Service, and was a 2010 recipient of the John Edward Smith Child Advocacy Award from Lawyers for Children America. Her docket has her in the U.S. Supreme Court with a case granted Certiorari on an issue of whether a key decision on the intersection of immigration and criminal law is retroactive. She helps lead teams on child welfare, juvenile justice and education issues in federal circuit courts, state supreme courts and in the appellate and trial courts of Florida where she has been focusing on the representation of victims of trafficking in Miami and from around the nation. In addition, her legal work includes human rights and public international law projects for global pro bono projects of the Firm. Her presentations include plenary sessions on the 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.
She is past co-chair and a working Group Member of the ABA Section of Litigation’s Children’s Rights Litigation Committee, board member and active faculty for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, and a member of the advisory board for the Juvenile Justice Center at Barry University School of Law. She was recently appointed to the Standing committee on Pro Bono for the Florida Bar and is serving as the Law Firm Subcommittee chair. Ms. Vigil recently spearheaded a 2012 Miami Pro Bono Summit attended by over 100 South Florida attorneys and representatives of special interest groups. Ms. Vigil was appointed in 2012 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. In April 2012, she attended the White House Summit as part of the LSC task force where President Obama personally thanked the task force for their service.