Carolyn A. Makupson
Carolyn A. Makupson, founding partner of the firm, received her Bachelor
of Arts Degree in History from Loma Linda University in 1970, and her
Juris Doctor degree from the University of La Verne in 1986. Prior to
practicing as an attorney, Carolyn was an elementary school teacher for
13 years, a vice principal for two years, and a principal for one year.
Carolyn has served extensively as a Judge Pro Tem in Los Angeles County
since 1996. She has also been appointed by the court as minors' counsel
to represent the interests of children in contested custody matters.
Carolyn is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Harriett Buhai
Center for Family Law through which she has also done substantial pro
bono work. From 1995 to 2003, Carolyn served on the Executive Committee
for the Los Angeles County Bar Family Law Section.
In addition to her years of experience litigating family law cases, Carolyn
has also worked to develop an established mediation practice. She has
received mediation training through the
Woody Mosten Program and is a member of the
Pasadena Collaborative Divorce Group.
She is a member of California Women Lawyers, Black Women Lawyers, Los Angeles
County Bar Association, Beverly Hills Bar Association, and Pasadena Bar
Carolyn resides in Pasadena with her husband and their Italian greyhound,
Nigel. They enjoy traveling and spending time with their grandchildren.
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Kristen M. Howard
Kristen M. Howard, partner at the firm, received her Bachelor of Arts degree
in Psychology from San Diego State University in 1996 and her Juris Doctor
degree from American College of Law in 2000. Before becoming partner,
Kristen worked as a law clerk for Carolyn A. Makupson and completed an
internship with the Los Angeles District Attorney's office.
Kristen has served as a volunteer for the Los Angeles County Bar Pro Bono
Domestic Violence Project and as a volunteer for the Harriett Buhai Center
for Family Law Pro Bono Attorney Panel. She also served as a committee
member for the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law Annual Gospel Brunch
fundraiser. Kristen is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association
and Pasadena Bar Association.
Kristen resides in Pasadena with her husband, their twins, and their Italian
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