About Vikki

 

ABOUT

Vikki brings experience, expertise, and dedication to the bench. She has dedicated her life to public service and has served the people of Philadelphia as a prosecutor, pro bono attorney, and trainer of the professionals who work in our criminal justice system. Vikki has taught and trained thousands of criminal justice professionals throughout the United States, including in Pennsylvania.

 

BACKGROUND

Born in Philadelphia, Vikki is a graduate of Cheltenham High School, Indiana University-Bloomington, and Temple University’s Beasley School of Law. At Temple Law School, she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Temple International & Comparative Law Journal and was honored for outstanding oral advocacy and best paper. She completed clinical externships at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office and at the Philadelphia Defender Association.

 

PHILADELPHIA ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY AND DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL

After graduating from law school, Vikki received an appointment as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia, where she prosecuted cases involving almost every type of crime and focused her practice on child abuse, sexual assault, and domestic violence. She later served as a Deputy Attorney General handling fraud and human trafficking cases. As a Special Assistant to the Attorney General, Vikki worked on direct-impact policy matters, including police suicide, domestic violence-related legislation, equal pay, diversity in the State Police, and foreclosure mediation.

 

PROTECTING WOMEN AND CHILDREN

As a Philadelphia-based Attorney Advisor at AEquitas: The Prosecutors’ Resource on Violence Against Women, Vikki is part of a select group of former prosecutors who travel throughout the United States training prosecutors, police, judges, corrections officers, and other professionals on the response to rape, domestic violence, stalking, elder abuse, and human trafficking.  Her training has focused on trial strategy, legal analysis and policy, and ethics, and on ensuring that all persons have equal and fair access to the justice system. Vikki has conducted specialized training on abuse and intimidation in confinement facilities, campus sexual assault, and child abuse. These cases are among the most difficult and sensitive in the criminal justice system.

 

PUBLISHED ARTICLES, TEACHINGS, AND EXPERTISE

In addition to earning a national reputation as an expert in her field, Vikki has written 15 legal articles and has lectured at Georgetown University Law Center, Villanova University School of Law, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She has supervised and mentored law students from across the country.  Vikki has testified before a number of independent federal advisory committees, including the U.S. Department of Justice Review Panel on Prison Rape’s Supplemental Hearings on Sexual Victimization in Prisons and Jails, the Department of Defense Response Systems to Adult Sexual Assault Crimes Panel: Comparative Systems Subcommittee, and the Judicial Proceedings Panel on Sexual Assault in the Military. Such committees conduct independent reviews and assessments of systems and practices in order to develop recommendations for improved responses and justice.  In recognition of her work to bring justice to the lives of the citizens of Philadelphia, Vikki serves on the Advisory Board of the Villanova Law Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation and the Advisory Board of the Urban Institute’s Bending Towards Justice: Perceptions of Justice Among Human Trafficking Survivors. She is a volunteer attorney at the Support Center for Child Advocates in Philadelphia. Vikki was also selected to become a mentor for the Women of Tomorrow Mentor and Scholarship program in Philadelphia, a program designed to inspire, motivate, and empower at-risk youth. Vikki volunteers every month in Parkway Center City Public High School.

 

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Vikki is married to her law school sweetheart who is a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran. They reside in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia with their two school-aged – and very active – boys. Vikki’s mother is a retired Philadelphia public school teacher, who raised Vikki and her younger sister as a single mother after her parents’ divorce. Vikki’s father was an immigrant and textile machinist.