Angela Ciolfi is the legal director of JustChildren, a program of the Legal Aid Justice Center that focuses on improving Virginia's public education, juvenile justice and foster care systems. Her work for the program earned her the Oliver White Hill Award from the Virginia State Bar in 2003 and the Child Advocacy Award from the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division in 2010.
She joined JustChildren as a Powell Fellow in 2004 after clerking for U.S. District Judge Reginald C. Lindsay. Ciolfi is a graduate of The College of William and Mary and the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was a member of the Virginia Law Review, was elected to the Raven Society and Order of the Coif, and won the VTLA Trial Advocacy Award, James C. Slaughter Honor Award and the Pro Bono Award.
At JustChildren, Angela has worked with a team of attorneys and organizers to develop and implement innovative strategies for strengthening the educational rights and opportunities for all students, including students with disabilities and students who are incarcerated, through policy advocacy and litigation. She also has provided individual legal representation to children and families in the areas of special education, student discipline, enrollment of special populations, dispositional advocacy for court-involved youth, conditions of confinement and post-conviction relief for serious youth offenders. She has provided training, advocacy materials and technical assistance on education law to lawyers and service providers statewide.
Angela is also a lecturer at the University of Virginia School of Law where she teaches a seminar on Special Education Law and supervises students in the Child Advocacy Clinic.