Carmen Cave


Practice Area: Special Education and School Discipline


Carmen Cave attended Stanford University as an undergraduate, earning a B.A. with a double major in English and Psychology. Because of her love of reading and her interest in developmental and cognitive psychology, Carmen chose to continue her educational path at Stanford to study teaching and learning processes, earning a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, with a minor in Psychology. Later in her career, Carmen chose to enter the legal field, earning her J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law.

Public Service and Helping the Community

Early in her career, Carmen was drawn to public service.  Her early career focused on developing and implementing peer-to-peer mentoring programs in middle and high schools that encouraged open and frank discussions about race, individual differences, and the important of tolerance, understanding, and acceptance of those differences.

Upon moving to Aliso Viejo in 1991, she quickly became involved in local committees and events, which led to her co-founding and serving as Chair of the Aliso Viejo Cityhood 2000 Committee.  When Aliso Viejo became Orange County’s 34th City in July, 2001, Carmen served as the City’s first Mayor.  Carmen continued to serve on the City Council for 14 years, and served in leadership roles on many boards, committees, and commissions.

Among her accomplishments, Dr. Cave has earned Outstanding Legal Clinic Intern—Civil Clinic, USD Legal Clinics; Woman of the Year, Senate District 33; and Distinguished Leader Award, California Association of Leadership Programs.  In addition, Carmen has received recognition for her service from the US Congress, the State Senate and Assembly, and the Orange County Board of Supervisors.

After spending over 20 years working in local government, Carmen chose to enter the legal profession, capping off a life-long desire to integrate her education, skills, and passion to serve the public while making a real difference in people’s lives, one person at a time.  She comes to Moore Law with a keen, first-hand appreciation for the obstacles parents face while navigating the Special Education path with their children, and a desire to find the best path forward toward resolving all issues and achieving the best outcome for the special needs child.

In her off-work hours, Carmen likes to spend time with cooking, reading, watching classic films, and volunteering for animal rescue groups.

Message from Carmen

My life’s path has been filled with opportunities to help others and to make a difference in the lives around me. Whether as a policy maker who can have a real effect on how we live, or as a listener, facilitator and advocate for others, I have been dedicated to helping people improve their lives. I bring that dedication to Moore Law for Children and our clients, and look forward to continuing my service to people who need guidance, support, and an advocate.