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Nicole M. Rivera Vazquez

Nicole M. Rivera Vazquez

Public Counsel
Staff Attorney, Children's Rights
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Nicole Rivera Vazquez is a staff attorney for Public Counsel’s Pro Per Guardianship Clinic in the Children’s Rights Project. She helps manage a self-help clinic in Los Angeles Superior Court where she assists families and nonrelative caregivers who wish to petition for legal guardianship of minors in probate court.  

Nicole and several volunteers under her supervision assist litigants with Petitions for Guardianship of the Estate, objections, Petitions for Termination of Guardianship, visitations, fee waiver requests, name change of minors, ex parte proceedings, and Orders to Show Cause.  She regularly advocates for children’s rights with regard to education, medical treatment, and access to public benefits.  She often works with the Department of Children and Family Services to ensure that families and nonrelative caregivers are aware of their rights with regard to custody issues both in probate and dependency court. 

In Public Counsel’s Guardianship Project, Nicole has represented several undocumented minors obtain the factual findings necessary to apply for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. As part of the Peace of Mind Program, she provides technical assistance to volunteer attorneys assisting families obtain co-guardianship of children with a parent who is terminally ill. 

Nicole graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric and American Studies.  She received her Juris Doctor from University of USC Gould School of Law where she served on the board of the Public Interest Law Foundation and Street Law.  During her time in law school, she was an extern for the Juvenile Division of the Public Defender’s Office in San Francisco and Contra Costa County.


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