Viviana Bonilla López
Viviana is a public interest attorney whose work focuses on mental health and disability justice. She earned a B.A. in Journalism from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 2014, where she co-founded Rethink: Psychiatric Illness, a student organization that runs mental health ally trainings. She attended NYU School of Law as a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar and graduated in 2017, earning the Dean Sexton Award for outstanding community service to the law school.
Viviana is an Equal Justice Works Fellow at Disability Rights Florida, where she works with people with disabilities who are at risk of losing or have already lost their civil rights because a court has determined they are incapacitated. Viviana’s fellowship project is focused on promoting an alternative to guardianship called Supported Decision-Making, which allows people with disabilities to make their own decisions with the support of people they trust.
Before Disability Rights Florida, Viviana was a Law Fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Immigrant Justice Project. Viviana serves on the Board of Directors of Key Clubhouse of South Florida, a community center for people with mental illnesses focused on recovery and autonomy. Her article titled “Beyond Medical Legal Partnerships: Addressing Recovery-Harming Social Conditions Through Clubhouse-Legal Partnerships” was published in the N.Y.U. Review of Law & Social Change.