Ms. Cardea attended Duke University and played on the Women’s Golf Team, which won a National Championship in 1999. After graduating from Duke, she attended University of Denver, College of Law. Following law school, Ms. Cardea returned to Virginia and passed the Virginia Bar Exam. She practiced in insurance defense litigation for about 6 years in Virginia, Oklahoma, and Colorado. She also worked for a number of years in electronic discovery and trial team discovery support for large-scale litigation. After 12 years in law, Ms. Cardea wanted to move in a new direction with her career. She obtained her teaching license and taught 8th Grade Language Arts in a Title 1 school in Denver. Based on the injustices Ms. Cardea witnessed her students and their families experiencing, she decided to return to law and open her own practice in Child Welfare Law, Advocacy for Parents in Dependency & Neglect Cases, and Education Law.
Ms. Cardea currently practices as a Guardian ad Litem in Elbert and Lincoln Counties in the 18th Judicial District and a Respondent Parent Counsel in Denver County. In addition, Ms. Cardea practices as a pro bono immigration law attorney through the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN) and a pro bono child advocacy attorney through the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center.
University of Denver, College of Law, Juris Doctor, 2003
Duke University, B.S., Psychology (Neuroscience Concentration), 2000
Activities & Affiliations
• Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Member
• Colorado Bar Association, Member
• Denver Bar Association, Member
• Colorado, Virginia