Judge Vivian L. Medinilla
The Honorable Vivian L. Medinilla was appointed to the Superior Court by Governor Jack A. Markell and began serving February 5, 2013.
Judge Medinilla received her J.D., cum laude, from the Widener University School of Law and her B.S. in Business Administration, with a minor in International Business, from the University of Delaware.
From 2004-2009, she served as president and owner of Rapposelli & Gonzales, the state’s first law firm comprised entirely of bi-lingual and multi-lingual attorneys, where her practice included immigration and civil rights litigation. Previously, she served as an associate at Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP, where she practiced in the areas of personal injury, worker’s compensation and medical malpractice, and as a supervising attorney at Delaware Volunteer Legal Services.
Prior to her appointment, she served as Cabinet Secretary for the Department of Services for Children, Youth & Their Families. As the cabinet secretary she led the agency to focus on prevention efforts in child welfare, juvenile justice, and behavioral and mental health systems. She also led the State’s initiative in early childhood education.
She served on the Board of Overseers and taught as an Adjunct Professor for the Widener University School of Law. She also served on the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of Delaware and the Board of Directors for the Delaware Community Foundation. 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 the Governor, as the first chair of the newly formed Delaware Hispanic Commission. Currently, she serves on the Executive Committee for the Delaware State Bar Association and sits on the Board of Trustees for Salesianum School.
She was the 2009 Recipient of the Haskell/Wyeth Award by Delaware Futures, the 2010 Recipient of the Distinguished Hispanic Delawarean Award by the Latin American Community Center, and inducted into the 2012 Delaware Women’s Hall of Fame.
Judge Medinilla’s present term ends February 5, 2025.