DIRECTOR OF LEGAL PROGRAMS
Carolyn Jefferson joined Christian Legal Aid of Los Angeles as the Director of Legal Programs in 2020. She is a former television news reporter turned litigation attorney. Carolyn graduated from McGeorge School of Law and received a Bachelor of Arts in Radio & Television from San Francisco State University.
As a television news reporter, Carolyn covered everything from politics to entertainment and a few snowstorms along the way!
Carolyn began her legal career as a prosecutor. She was a zealous advocate for justice and a strong voice for crime victims in the courtroom. Carolyn conducted numerous jury and bench trials with a conviction rate of close to 90%.
Carolyn’s legal career also includes work in healthcare law. She defended Medi-Cal audit appeals at administrative hearings throughout the state of California. Carolyn investigated consumer complaints and prosecuted violations of the Knox Keene Act to ensure timely access to quality healthcare.
Additionally, Carolyn worked as a juvenile dependency attorney representing abused and neglected children in the foster care system. She worked in collaboration with social workers and the court to ensure every decision was made in the best interest of the children she represented as clients.
Carolyn has been active in a number of civic organizations over the years including The Omaha Girls Club and The Clark County Stay In School Program. Carolyn was a student teacher and a mock trial coach while attending law school. She served as a volunteer for the Gordon D. Schaber Mock Trial Competition. Carolyn is committed to transforming the lives of children in foster care.
Prior to relocating to Los Angeles, Carolyn volunteered with the Champions Ministry for children with special needs at Capital Christian Center Church in Sacramento. She now attends Harvest Rock Church in Pasadena.
In her free time, Carolyn loves to travel. She’s visited approximately 15 countries and counting!