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Angela Ciolfi

Angela began working at LAJC in 2004 as a Powell Fellow, then became Legal Director of the Youth Justice Program in 2010. In 2017 she became Director of Litigation and Advocacy and then LAJC’s Executive Director in late 2018. Angela has worked on many of LAJC’s biggest campaigns, including the Drive Down the Debt Campaign targeting Virginia’s punitive license suspension statute. She has also litigated significant cases in the Virginia Supreme Court and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. While leading the Youth Justice Program, Angela helped to secure and protect state funding for PreK-12 public schools and won successful reforms related to exclusionary school discipline, school policing, and special education. As Director of Litigation and Advocacy, Angela worked to empower LAJC’s staff to take on high impact campaigns in partnership with community leaders. She is a graduate of The College of William and Mary and The University of Virginia School of Law. After law school, Angela clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Reginald C. Lindsay in Massachusetts. Angela received the Oliver White Hill Award from the Virginia State Bar in 2003, the Child Advocacy Award from the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division in 2010, and the 2017 Virginia Legal Aid Award by the Virginia State Bar Access to Legal Services Committee. 


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