On Wednesday, March 2nd, Cabinet Secretary for Delaware's Department of Services for Children, Youth, and Their Families and 1993 Widener Law graduate Vivian Rapposelli spoke to students on the Delaware campus as part of the Local Leaders series.
“The toughest part of my job is that you have such a volatile population. You have cases like with Dr. Bradley where such horrible things are being done to children and that creates such a sense of urgency,” Rapposelli said in response to question about the most difficult part of her job.
Following a brief introduction from Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development Erin Daly
, Secretary Rapposelli spoke about her current job and her past work experiences, including founding her own practice that focused on assisting Delaware’s Hispanic population. She discussed receiving the call from Delaware Governor Jack Markell to work with the “Kids Department,” and shared some of her experiences as a student at Widener.
Following her remarks, Rapposelli took questions from the students and faculty members in the audience on a wide range of topics including dealing with the political side of the job, what programs she has implemented since assuming leadership of the department, and how she balances work and family life as a mother of three.
Asked how she deals with the stress and emotion from her job, she replied, “I actually sleep better at night. I feel like I have a purpose.”
Vivian Rapposelli graduated from the University of Delaware and earned her J.D. from Widener Law’s Delaware campus in 1993. Prior to servings Governor Markell’s Cabinet Secretary for Delaware's Department of Services for Children, Youth, and Their Families she founded her own legal practice, Rapposelli & Gonzales. Before founding her own firm, she served as a supervising attorney for Delaware Volunteer Legal Services and worked for the law firm of Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor.