Hilary T. Kerrigan

​Lead Deputy County Counsel

Hilary Kerrigan joined the Office of the County Counsel’s Child Dependency unit in 2011.  She advises the County’s Department of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS) and County social workers in juvenile dependency cases, and represents the DFCS and social workers in dependency court.

Hilary’s professional expertise includes:

  • Juvenile dependency law
  • Extended Foster Care program and services after age 18


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., cum laude, 2010
    • Commendation for top score on the First Year Civil Procedure Exam
    • Study Abroad Program in Comparative Law at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark:  Orally Defended a Paper on Compliance of National Child Welfare Laws with the European Convention on Human Rights
  • University of Durham, M.A., 2005   
  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., 2003

Professional Associations

  • Santa Clara County Bar Association Graduate of the Barristers Leadership Program (2013)

Prior Experience

  • Deputy Public Defender for the Kern County Office of the Public Defender (2011)

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