Vivian Wong
Year
2019
Chapter

Vivian Wong is an education attorney and Skadden Law Fellow at Learning Rights Law Center.  Her fellowship allows her to provide trauma-informed special education legal services to young people who are involved in the juvenile justice system.  She works to ensure students access to the services to which they are entitled, particularly mental health services. As a woman of color with a disability, she hopes also to empower her clients to draw strength from their own disability experiences.

Vivian’s passion for education equity, as well as disability and racial justice, stems from her experiences working with marginalized young people.  Her passion for disability activism began in college, where she founded an organization to create safe spaces for students with hidden and visible disabilities.  Before pursuing her law degree, she received a Stanford Public Interest Network Fellowship to help first-generation, low-income students to apply and prepare for college.  She worked closely with students who grappled with abusive families, unstable homes, gang violence, and anxiety over poverty and legal status.

During law school, she sought every opportunity to serve students with disabilities through direct legal services and impact litigation addressing school force-out issues that disproportionately affect students of color with disabilities.  She has interned at various legal organizations, including National Center for Youth Law, East Bay Community Law Center, Public Counsel, and the Alliance for Children’s Rights. Through a career in holistic advocacy, she works towards dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline and ensuring that all youth of color with disabilities receive a quality education.

Vivian received a B.A. from Stanford University and a J.D. from UCLA School of Law, where she specialized in the Critical Race Studies and David J. Epstein Public Interest Program in Law and Policy programs.