Carmen was a summer associate for Cozen O’Connor and gained her experience researching and drafting memoranda on subrogation, environmental law, property law, indemnity, and civil procedure issues. She reviewed and summarized hundreds of evidence files, drafted pleadings and written discovery requests, and assisted with pro bono work, including the summary of proposed changes in asylum law.
Carmen graduated magna cum laude from Pepperdine University, Seaver College and earned her law degree, cum laude, from Pepperdine University, Caruso School of Law. While in law school, Carmen was a literary citation editor for the Pepperdine Law Review, Volume 48 and was a member of the trial team. She also served as a judicial extern to the Honorable André Birotte Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, clerked at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles in the Immigration and Asylum department, and was the president of Pepperdine’s National Latinx Law Students Association chapter. Carmen also received CALI Awards for the highest grades in Legal Research & Writing I, Advanced Litigation, Remedies, and Religious Liberties.
Prior to law school, Carmen was an assistant case manager at ADR Services, Inc. She scheduled private trials and mediation, arbitration, and discovery hearings for retired judges and attorneys.
Carmen is currently a board member for the L.A. Wilson Dollars for Scholars Scholarship Foundation. As part of the board, she helps select scholarship applications from underrepresented and low-income students graduating from her alma mater, Wilson High School in El Sereno. Carmen is fluent in Spanish.