Vigil, Angela C.

Angela C. Vigil

Partner and Executive Director of the Pro Bono Practice
Baker & McKenzie LLP

Biography

Angela Vigil is the Firm’s Partner and Executive Director of the Pro Bono Practice. Prior to joining the Firm, Angela worked for the Children and Family Justice Center, Bluhm Legal Clinic of the Northwestern Pritzger School of Law as the Director of Children’s Law Pro Bono Projects, where she led strategic litigation and advocacy on behalf of children. She also worked as an attorney, director and clinical teacher at Northwestern Law School Legal Clinic's where she founded and directed volunteer lawyer practice in the children's law pro bono practice in the neighborhood branch office.

Practice Focus

Angela focuses her practice on children's law, civil rights and human rights. An experienced trial lawyer, she frequently lectures at various national and international conferences on issues related to professional responsibility, children's law, juvenile justice practice, interviewing and counseling clients, legal aid and social justice. She also presents on pro bono management in law firms and in legal service organizations, as well as on teaming with corporate clients through pro bono service.

Professional Honors

  • First recipient of the Laurie Ariane Miller Public Service Award, 2016, American Bar Association Section of Litigation for extraordinary dedication to public service
  • Difference Maker Award 2016 by the American Bar Association Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division
  • Daily Business Review Most Effective Lawyer Award in The Pro Bono category, December 2014
  • Outstanding Legal Advocate Award - National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC), 36th National Child Welfare, Juvenile, and Family Law Conference, August 2013
  • 2013 Pro Bono Publico Award in Recognition of her Dedication and Delivery of Pro Bono Service to the Needy - The Cuban American Bar Association and the CABA Pro Bono Project
  • 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award for Outstanding Commitment to Public Service - Student Funded Public Interest Fellowship

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) - Board of Trustees, Chair
  • American Bar Association - Children's Rights Litigation Committee Working Group, Member and Former Co-Chair
  • American Bar Association - Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence, Special Advisor and Former Chair
  • American Bar Association - Working Group on Unaccompanied Minor Immigrants, Member
  • American Bar Association Section of Litigation "Pro" Pro Bono Task Force, Member
  • Northwestern Bluhm Legal Clinic Advisory Board, Member
  • Association of Pro Bono Counsel, Emeritus Board Member and Co-founder
  • The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth, Board Consultant
  • Florida Bar - Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services, Appointee
  • Miami Pro Bono Roundtable, Member
  • Florida Bar Foundation Strategic Planning Committee, Member
  • American Bar Association - Section of Litigation's Pro Bono & Public Interest Law Committee, Former Co-chair
  • National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC), Former Board of Trustees, Member and Former Vice Chair
  • Legal Services Corporation (LSC) Pro Bono Obstacles Working Group, Former Member
  • Juvenile Justice Center of Barry University, Former Advisory Board Member

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit~United States (2011)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit~United States (2011)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit~United States (2010)
  • Florida~United States (2007)
  • U.S. Supreme Court~United States (2007)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit~United States (2006)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit~United States (2006)
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois~United States (1995)
  • Illinois~United States (1995)

Education

  • Northwestern University School of Law (J.D.) (1995)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (B.A.) (1992)

Languages

  • English

Previous Offices

  • Chicago