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Carmen E. McDonald is the Supervising Attorney of the Family Law Team at LACLJ. Carmen also provides supervision and training for LACLJ’s chief pro bono program, ADVOCATE, which pairs pro bono attorneys with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault seeking representation at their restraining order hearings. Carmen also supervises the family law portion of LACLJ’s SIJS/Immigration Project, Appellate Project and Sexual Assault Project. Prior to working at LACLJ, Carmen was an attorney at Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County where she represented survivors of domestic violence in family law and immigration matters, and worked in the Shriver Access to Justice Project assisting tenants with unlawful detainers. Carmen also previously worked at Break the Cycle where she represented teen survivors of domestic violence in family law matters. Prior to becoming an attorney, Carmen interned at the YWCA of San Diego County assisting survivors of domestic violence in family law matters and at the Gay and Lesbian Center of San Diego County assisting clients living with HIV/AIDS with accessing benefits. Carmen has served as a Trustee on the San Fernando Valley Bar Association board. Carmen graduated from California Western School of Law, where she was a Myra Bradwell scholarship recipient. She received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and minored in Women’s Studies at the University of Central Florida. Carmen is fluent in Spanish.