County Counsel Profiles
Deputy County Counsel
Carol Perez joined the office in 1997. For the past 13 years, she has represented the Department of Public Social Services as the petitioner in juvenile dependency proceedings, providing legal counsel at all stages of a dependency case and managing a high volume caseload including court appearances and trials. She has also prepared appellate briefs on dependency court rulings that have been challenged and has successfully argued the Department’s position before the Court of Appeals. In 2003, Ms. Perez assisted in drafting the Out of Custody Protocol to implement consistency in filing guidelines for Out of Custody petitions, county-wide, that was approved by the Riverside Juvenile Court and that continues in practice today.
From 2000 to 2005, Ms. Perez, served as Instructor at University of California Riverside, Extension, teaching The U.S. Court System: An Overview for Legal Interpreters. She provided the students a general survey of criminal and civil courts and the various jurisdictions in which they operate and explored basic legal concepts such as constitutional rights and search and seizure. Her teaching experience also includes educating and training Court Appointed Special Advocates and social workers who work with children and their families in the juvenile court system.
Before joining the office, Ms. Perez worked for a contract defense firm, Howard, Friedman & Gebbie, litigating juvenile dependency cases on behalf of parents and children.
Prior to her experience in the dependency arena, Ms. Perez was an associate at Schlecht, Shevlin & Shoenberger, A Law Corporation, where she handled law and motion and discovery, involving general business and real property litigation.
Ms. Perez received her J.D. from University of California, Los Angeles in 1993. While in law school, she participated in Latino Law Review and Moot Court, received a Public Interest Law Foundation grant, and was an extern for Chief Federal Bankruptcy Judge, Calvin K. Ashland, of the Central District of California.