Carla Laroche Associate Clinical Professor of Law
Office: 449 Lewis Hall
AB, Princeton University
MPP, Harvard University
JD, Columbia University
Carla Laroche has dedicated her career to increasing access to justice and opportunities for systemically excluded communities. She is an associate clinical professor (tenure-track) at Washington and Lee University School of Law (W&L). Her scholarship addresses barriers to access to justice, with a focus on criminal law, gender, race, and family law. Professor Laroche's research analyzes how people navigate civil legal systems and access their civil rights differently when they have criminal arrest and conviction histories. Her work is published or forthcoming in traditional law reviews, including Boston University Law Review and Columbia Journal of Race and Law, bar journals, and newspapers. Professor Laroche has presented on these pressing issues at workshops, conferences, and community events and been interviewed for print and other media outlets around the nation and internationally.
Professor Laroche developed and directs the Civil Rights and Racial Justice Clinic at W&L, which focuses on the economic rights of communities through direct representation, community engagement, and systemic reform measures. Prior to joining W&L, Professor Laroche was a clinical professor at Florida State University College of Law, where she founded and directed the Gender and Family Justice Clinic. In recognition of her teaching skills, she was selected as the sole inaugural recipient of the FSU 2020-21 Community Engaged Teaching (Graduate) Award, and the Collateral Consequences Project she developed achieved an Honorable Mention for Excellence in a Public Interest Case or Project from the Clinical Legal Education Association. Previously, Professor Laroche served as a criminal justice reform law fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center, a pro bono fellow at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, a federal law clerk in the Southern District of Florida, and a Global Banking and Payments associate at Paul Hastings LLP.
A first-generation Haitian American, Professor Laroche earned her JD from Columbia Law School; Master's in Public Policy, with an international and global affairs concentration, from Harvard Kennedy School; and A.B. in History, with a certificate in Women and Gender Studies, from Princeton University.
Professor Laroche received the National Bar Association's 40 Under 40, the Excellence in Activism, and the Young Lawyers Division's Humanitarian Awards. She was also named an American Bar Association On the Rise - Top 40 Young Lawyer. Professor Laroche co-chairs the ABA Criminal Justice Section Women in Criminal Justice Task Force and is a board member of the ABA Center for Human Rights. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools' Criminal Law Section and has also served as a board member and/or volunteer for national and local organizations, including Columbia Law School's Alumni of Color Council, Ms. JD, and the Big Bend A.F.T.E.R. Reentry Coalition.
"Black Women & Voter Suppression," 102 Boston University Law Review (accepted for Dec. 2022 publication).
"The New Jim and Jane Crow Intersect: Challenges to Defending the Parental Rights of Mothers During Incarceration," 12 Columbia Journal of Race & Law __ (2022).