Deputy County Counsel
Avril Vazquez has been with the Office since 2000, and she has served in the Child Dependency unit since 2003. Avril advises and trains the County’s Department of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS) and its social workers in all areas of juvenile dependency law, from emergency response to adoption. She also represents the DFCS and County social workers during juvenile court hearings and before the Sixth District Court of Appeal.
In addition, Avril has substantial experience working with the County’s Educational Rights Project / Project YEA!, advising and supporting the DFCS and Juvenile Probation Department regarding educational issues facing juvenile court youth.
Avril’s professional expertise includes:
- Juvenile law, including juvenile dependency law
- Education law
- Appellate law relating to juvenile dependency
- Cross-over issues for youth involved in both the juvenile dependency and juvenile justice systems
- Forensic training in child dependency law
- Santa Clara University School of Law, J.D., 1995
- University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., 1992
- Attorney with Finnegan, Marks and Hampton (2000)
- Advocate Supervisor with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties (1999-2000)
- Attorney with Associate Dependency Attorneys (1996-1999)