Alumni Spotlight Cavone Moore

Class of 2013 Alum Fighting Injustice
Posted on 03/10/2021
Class of 2013 Alum Fighting Injustice

DeSoto High School Class of 2013 alumna CaVoné Moore is currently an attorney with Jeff Anderson & Associates located in Los Angeles, California.  This firm is recognized as one of the nation’s premier law firms to represent victims of childhood sexual abuse. At Jeff Anderson & Associates, Moore is dedicated to empowering survivors of childhood sexual abuse through civil justice. She is honored to advocate for survivors and looks forward to dedicating the entirety of her legal career fighting injustice and giving a voice to the voiceless.

Moore entered DeSoto ISD as a 6th-grade student at The Meadows Elementary School, moving on to West (then) Junior High School and DeSoto High School.   She was ranked as one of the top 25 students of the 2013 class.  Continuing to soar, Moore received her Bachelors of Science in Education at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida where she was initiated into Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She then pursued her law degree at Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law and received her Juris Doctor in May 2020. 

“DeSoto ISD instilled in me perseverance and determination,” Moore recalled. “It was at DeSoto where I first learned that I can accomplish anything I put my mind to. DeSoto employs amazing teachers and staff who gave me the inspiration to continue on to my post-secondary education. Being able to see accomplished individuals who looked like myself gave me the courage to seek out my dreams of becoming an attorney. DeSoto further instilled in me the will to give back and help those who look like myself or come from backgrounds alike. This led me to clerking in the Victim Impact Unit for the District Attorney’s Office of Los Angeles. There, I focused on domestic violence, child abuse, and elder abuse cases. I also worked on criminal reform cases providing alternative rehabilitative programs to the veteran and mentally ill communities. Unfortunately, many of the victims in these cases were people of color who often felt like they could not relate to those who represented them. I knew, because of what I learned at DeSoto, that the presence of diversity is truly needed to make a change.”

Reflecting further, Moore shared she wished she had taken more advantage of “all the wisdom I had the opportunity of acquiring while walking the hallways of DeSoto. I wish I would have taken even more time to visit and speak with my teachers and staff and really take in the many life gems they constantly share.”

“My most memorable high school experiences are attending the football games. DeSoto has such a genuine sense of community and I believe it shows up strongest at our sporting events when we are supporting our own. The atmosphere and energy are like no other. It is truly an unforgettable experience.”

“While in law school, I interned for the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles as an immigration law clerk. I had the opportunity to successfully represent a detained civil rights activist from Cameroon. He sought asylum due to fear of persecution in his home country. The case was presented in front of the immigration judge who then granted asylum to the survivor. It is most memorable because it was the moment I truly felt like my hard work and dedication changed someone’s life. I knew if I did not successfully represent his case, he would be sent back to his home country where he was wanted for advocating for civil rights. This was my first “real” case and I remember being very nervous and often having to talk myself out of negative thoughts of inadequacy. However, no matter how low some days were I just never gave up. I knew I was put in this position for a reason and at the end of the day it was someone else’s life that was in my hands so I could not give up. When the Immigration Judge granted the asylum, I remember feeling like all of my hard work finally paid off and knowing this was why I wanted to be an attorney.”

For the class of 2021 – “The best advice I would give is no dream is too big. Whatever you put your mind to you can achieve, just never give up.”

Congratulations Cavone! 


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