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Carmen E. McDonald is the Director of Legal Services at LACLJ and oversees the legal programs, including family law, immigration and criminal justice advocacy. She was previously Supervising Attorney of the LACLJ Family Law Team and the pro bono project. She has over 15 years of experience serving immigrants and survivors. 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.

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