Angelica JongcoSenior Staff Attorney
Issue(s): Education

In April 2014, Angelica Jongco rejoined Public Advocates as a Senior Staff Attorney focusing on education equity. Through policy advocacy and litigation, Angelica collaborates with community partners to hold school districts and state agents accountable for ensuring every child receives an excellent education.

Angelica is excited to return to her roots as a community lawyer with Public Advocates, where she served as Attorney and Law Fellow on education and transportation justice issues from 2006 to 2008. At that time, she helped to implement the landmark Williams v. California settlement by supporting youth and parent leaders to file and seek action on Williams complaints. Angelica also represented plaintiffs in the landmark transportation funding case, Darensburg v. MTC, which involved a complex civil rights class action trial challenging the discriminatory impact of underfunding of Bay Area bus service on transit riders of color.

Prior to returning to Public Advocates, Angelica advocated for workers in discrimination, wage and hour, and employee benefit class actions as an attorney at Lewis, Feinberg, Lee, Renaker & Jackson, P.C. (co-counsel in Darensburg). Angelica successfully argued class certification in a complex wage and hour case on behalf of medical device salespeople and collaborated with non-profits to investigate wage theft in the home care industry. She represented individuals who were wrongfully denied disability, medical and pension benefits. For her efforts, she was recognized as a Rising Star by Superlawyers magazine

Ms. Jongco is an active member of the Board of Directors of Bay Area Parent Leadership Action Network (PLAN), which works to empower parents to be effective advocates for educational excellence in Oakland public schools.

From 2005 to 2006, Angelica clerked for the Honorable Denny Chin, then of the Southern District of New York.

Education

Angelica earned her law degree in 2005 from NYU Law School, where she was a Root-Tilden-Kern Public Interest Scholar, an editor for the NYU Review of Law & Social Change, and Chair of the Coalition for Legal Recruiting, an organization promoting issues of student and faculty diversity. As an advocate in the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, she argued successfully before the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals. She also worked as a law clerk for the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva. She completed a double major in History and Ethnicity, Race & Migration Studies at Yale University in 2000.

Awards

  • Recognized as a Northern California Rising Star in 2013 & 2014 by Superlawyers magazine.
  • Root-Tilden-Kern Public Interest Scholarship
  • NYU President’s Prize for Community Service
  • John Sexton Prize for Service to Law School Community
  • NYU Law School Dean’s Merit Scholarship

Civic Activities and Professional Associations

  • Board Member, Bay Area Lawyers’ Chapter of the American Constitution Society
  • Board Member, Bay Area Parent Leadership Action Network (PLAN) – empowering low-income parents to be effective advocates for education equity
  • Volunteer with the Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center workers’ rights clinic
  • Asian American Bar Association
  • Filipino Bar Association of Northern California
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