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Carina Nixon (JD '17) Joins CHILD USA

Pepperdine Caruso Law alumna Carina Nixon (JD '17) has joined CHILD USA as a staff attorney.  CHILD USA is the national think tank for child protection. Nixon commented, "My passion for CHILD USA's mission to protect children from abuse blossomed at Pepperdine, where I wrote a Law Review article discussing the constitutionality of juvenile solitary confinement. Working for children's rights has been a career goal of mine, and I can't think of a better way to use my legal degree."


Prior to CHILD USA, Carina worked as an Attorney-Advisor for the Small Business Administration’s Office of Disaster Assistance where she aided small business owners in recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. Previously, she worked as an Attorney-Advisor in the General Counsel’s Office of the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, D.C.

Carina graduated from Pepperdine School of Law, where she served as a Note and Comment Editor for the Pepperdine Law Review. As a staffer for the Law Review, Carina wrote an article exploring and arguing against the constitutionality of juvenile solitary confinement in the U.S. prison system. Her article was chosen for publication in Pepperdine’s Law Review and earned Pepperdine Law’s Sorenson Award for best student article. Carina additionally acted as President of Pepperdine’s International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Team and was a member of the Moot Court team. Prior to law school, Carina graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.A. in International Studies and a B.A. in Spanish Language. As a mother herself, she is passionate about ensuring every child is afforded the legal protections and human rights they deserve.

Additional information may be found at CHILD USA