Meet The Bloggers


Kelly Carmena

Kelly Carmena - Read Kelly's blogs.

When not working miracles as a criminal defense attorney, Kelly Carmena uses her free time to mommy two amazing kiddos and play wife to her doubly amazing husband. After graduating from LSU in 2004 with a BA in English Literature and a BA in Women’s and Gender Studies, Kelly took a leap of faith and attended Southern University Law Center where she earned her Juris Doctor in 2009. Determined to save the world from injustice, she began her career as a defense attorney with the East Baton Rouge Parish Public Defender’s Office until 2015, at which time she was offered the opportunity to return to Southern University Law Center as an Assistant Professor, overseeing the Criminal Law Clinic. In her spare time, she attends to the needs of her children and husband. From juggling doctor appointments; homework; playing chauffeur to and from dance, gymnastics, and scouts; and dinner…we can’t forget dinner (who knew kids had to be fed!)…Kelly is determined to find time for herself through running, cycling, swimming, and basically torturing herself at the gym.


Mari Walker

Mari Walker - Read Mari's blogs.

Mari Walker is a freelance communications specialist and the Community and Education Section Editor for Baton Rouge Parents Magazine. Mari lives with her husband and two daughters (born in 2011 and 2016) in Baton Rouge. Originally from Oklahoma, Mari has degrees in journalism from Oklahoma State University (Bachelor's) and the University of Maryland (Master's). She has lived and worked in Alexandria, VA, and New York. 






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