The Honorable Vivian L. Medinilla was appointed to the Superior Court of the State of Delaware by former Governor Jack A. Markell and began serving February 5, 2013. Judge Medinilla received her J.D., cum laude, from the Widener University Delaware Law School, and her B.S. in Business Administration, with a minor in International Business, from the University of Delaware.
Prior to her judicial appointment, she served as Cabinet Secretary for the Department of Services for Children, Youth & Their Families, where she led the State agency on efforts to improve the child welfare, juvenile justice, and child mental health systems. She was also charged with leading the State's initiative in early childhood education.
From 2004-2009, she served as president and owner of Rapposelli & Gonzales, the state's first multi-lingual law firm. Before beginning her own practice, she served as an associate at Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP, where she practiced in the areas of civil litigation. She also served as a supervising attorney for the Widener University School of Law Clinic and Delaware Volunteer Legal Services, providing pro bono legal services to those in need, primarily dedicated to representing survivors of domestic violence.
She currently sits on the Board of Trustees for Salesianum School and is a member of the Board of Directors for St. Francis Healthcare. She has served on the Executive Committee for the Delaware State Bar Association and the Board of Overseers for Widener University Delaware Law School. She has also served on the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of Delaware, the Delaware Community Foundation, Westside Health Services, and the Latin American Community Center.
She was a commissioner for the Child Protection Accountability Commission (CPAC), the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council and served on the Governor's Steering Committee for the Protection of Children. She was also appointed by former Governor Markell as the first chair of the Delaware Hispanic Commission.
She was inducted into the Delaware Women's Hall of Fame in 2012. She was the recipient of the Distinguished Hispanic Delawarean Award in 2010, the Strong, Smart & Bold Award from Girls, Inc. in 2012, and the Haskell/Wyeth Award from Delaware Futures in 2009. In 2014, she was honored with the Angela Boyle '53 Service Award from her alma mater, Ursuline Academy.