As a daughter of two service members, Carla Carden has spent most of her life moving from place to place. Moving from the US to Europe to Central America and back, Carla was exposed to different cultures and was able to witness several different societal circumstances. These experiences inspired Carla into entering the legal profession in hopes of helping others and giving back to the community.
After constant relocating, Carla made Florida her permanent home in 2012. She moved to Miami to attend Florida International University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and minored in International Relations. Carla then earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law.
While in law school, Carla received a Certificate of Merit for receiving the highest grade in Research and Writing. She participated in Miami STREET Law, an educational legal outreach program where she led lectures in public schools, educating students on the US legal system. Carla also worked on the Wage Theft Advocacy Project where she worked on pro bono cases alongside employment law attorneys to help low-paid migrant workers with wage theft claims. She was also a recipient of the Miami Law’s HOPE public interest Resource Center’s “Innovative Service in the Public Interest” Award for the Wage Theft Advocacy Project.
In addition, Carla worked on the Human Rights Clinic’s “Time’s Up” project, where she focused on employment discrimination law to assist in combating sexual harassment against low-wage, migrant workers. In this work, she was able to co-author and submit a report for the United Nation’s Universal Periodic Review of 2020 on behalf of Miami Law’s Human Rights Clinic.
Throughout her law school career, Carla has volunteered her time and efforts to various organizations and projects such as the “Protect the People Clinic”, where she conducted legal screenings for immigration cases with Florida Immigrant Coalition and Americans for Immigrant Justice. She’s also spent time gathering data for the Fines and Fees Justice Center, which is focused on eliminating fees in the justice system and ensures that fines are equitably imposed and enforced.
Furthermore, Carla also has been recognized in the Miami Law School’s HOPE Pro Bono Challenge for completing more than 75 hours of legal-related pro bono service while in law school.
Carla has consistently been committed to helping others, and will continue this commitment by giving her clients her all.