Meet Stephanie L. Carman, J.D. ’01: Law Alumni Association’s Newest President

On June 1st, the University of Miami announced Stephanie L. Carman, J.D. ’01, as the President of the Law Alumni Association for the 2023-2024 term.
Stephanie Carman and Daniel Newman

Stephanie Carman, current president of the LAA and Jason Kairalla, J.D. '02, LAA president from 2019-2020. 

Carman is a Chambers-ranked healthcare attorney with extensive leadership experience that she will use to work with the student body and alumni base for the upcoming year.  

Carman is a shareholder in GrayRobinson with a national practice. She received her legal foundation while spending almost 20 years at Hogan Lovells.

Throughout her career, she has counseled clients on licensure, accreditation, regulatory, governance, payor, and compliance matters and has advised and defended clients in internal and government investigations, litigation, and transactions. She is a trusted advisor who enjoys staying ahead of the constantly evolving healthcare industry and working with clients to secure their goals and develop creative solutions to potential problems. In all healthcare matters, she represents corporate, governmental, academic, and individual clients, including hospitals, academic medical centers, home health agencies, skilled nursing facilities, and other providers. 

She is an AV-rated attorney and has been recognized for her outstanding work by Super LawyersBest Lawyers in AmericaSouth Florida Legal GuideChambers USA, and the Daily Business Review. Other achievements include being presented with the Florida Bar Lynn Futch Most Productive Young Lawyer Award and being recognized at the “40 Under 40 Outstanding Lawyers of Miami-Dade County” event.

Carman is also a longtime leader in the Miami legal community. She was the President of the Dade County Bar Association in 2018-2019, the President of the Dade County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section in 2010-2011, and since 2015, a member of the Executive Committee of Legal Services of Greater Miami’s board of directors and current Chair of its Membership Committee.

“Both my Mom and Dad have been extremely encouraging throughout my career,” said Carman. “They instilled in me this desire to lead but also this desire to give back. That was important to them – that their children, all three of us, learned to give back. That was part of why I took on these leadership roles.”

Born in Miami, Carman grew up going to Hurricanes’ football games. After high school, she left home to attend Tufts University and, after graduating magna cum laude, remains active with the school, including serving on the Tufts Alumni Council for over a decade. Carman enrolled at the University of Miami School of Law to obtain her Juris Doctor degree. When asked why she chose Miami Law, she said: “My father is an alumnus, and my sister is as well, so I knew how wonderful the school and faculty are.”

Carman obtained her J.D. in 2001, graduating cum laude. At Miami Law, she was an executive editor of the Inter-American Law Review, a dean’s fellow, and a member of the Bar and Gavel Society and Student Bar Association.

“The faculty and the student body were excellent,” said Carman. “I felt there was continuous learning, whether it was in the classroom, on the bricks, or in the law review office. There was a dedication to the community from everyone; it was an environment that allowed me to further develop my expertise and leadership skills. I have fond memories hanging out in the Inter-American law review room, working at the student bar association programs, and going to the Ratskeller with classmates to sit outside by the lake – after a few Boston winters, there was nothing better.”

Since her time at UM, Carman’s involvement with the school has not faltered. The Law Alumni Association presented her with the Alumni Leadership Award in 2011. She has also sat on the Law Alumni Board a second time since 2016 and served as its Vice President of Activities, Homecoming Chair in 2020-2021. 

Carman shared what motivates her to give back to the University.

“The University of Miami provided me with the background, knowledge, and opportunity to grow and become a successful lawyer and a leader. I have been fortunate during my career, and I want to encourage alumni and the next generation to become and stay involved with the law school so we can advance it and allow for more networking opportunities.”

Gary Carman, J.D. ’74, was also the President of the Law Alumni Association in 2000, making this the first time a father and daughter have been elected to this position. “He’s an exceptional lawyer, brilliant, and extremely caring, so to follow in his footsteps in this way is so special to me.”

As President of the Alumni Association, Carman is engaging in a “concerted statewide and national effort to involve” the over 26,000 members of the alumni base. She wants to provide current and future alumni with the opportunity to continue to learn through CLEs and seminars on timely issues facing our profession and daily lives.

“As alumni president, it’s important to continue drawing these folks back to campus and to the University so they can engage with each other, our students, and the community and establish relationships that advance others in their career development and placement and create new client relationships.” Carman also wants to “reacquaint alumni on the expertise of the faculty and their ability to serve as experts and advisors as needs arise in their practice. For almost a century, we have graduated excellent attorneys practicing in local, national, and international law firms, business giants, and outstanding jurists and government officials.”   

Carman is excited about this new chapter and concluded the interview with the following message. “I want to congratulate the class of 2023. I am honored and excited to welcome them to the alumni family. I look forward to celebrating their and all our alumni’s continued success throughout their careers. I welcome you all home and look forward to your involvement with the association as we start to celebrate our centennial. Please do not hesitate to reach out if I can be of assistance. Go Canes.”

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