Carly Hammond ’06: Mastering the Art of Representation
Carly Hammond first became enthralled with art—especially photography—when
her aunt gave her first camera at a young age. A photo editor for a number
of magazines, including TV Guide, her aunt is among Carly’s
greatest influences. Carly remembers that she “took me to a two-week
photo shoot in L.A., and to different galleries and shows.”
Those early adventures led Carly to become a curator in a college art gallery and to take multiple trips to Rome to immerse herself in its art and architecture. She knew that whatever path she chose, she would incorporate this passion. Once she began law school, she realized that a career in intellectual property would allow her to blend her dual interests in art and the law.
Carly currently works as an associate attorney at Lott & Friedland, P.A., a small Miami, Fla. firm that tackles a variety of IP issues, including trademark and patent law, as well as entertainment and cyber law. Carly litigates and does transactional work, and she says that her classes with Professor Sheldon Halpern prepared her well. “[He] got to the heart of the law and it turned out to be very practical,” she notes.
Carly praises her firm because “It’s very personable and, for the most part, everyone gets along. The firm [fosters] a good lifestyle among its employees,” and routes cases to attorneys according to their interests. Carly is excited by the prospect of working on art-related cases and hopes to one day work as counsel for an art museum.
In addition to her legal work, Carly relishes the opportunity to delve into the Miami art scene and community at large. She explains that “there are several different art districts, and you can spend several nights going to all of the different museums.” She is a member of the Miami Art Museum, and plans to become more involved there.
Active during law school in the Pro Bono Research Group and the Public Interest Law Foundation, Carly finds time for service activities in her new town. She and other Miami-area lawyers participate in an annual fundraiser called Service Juris, which is part of Hands on Miami, an affiliate of the national Hands on Network. The event combines networking and community service, bringing lawyers together for the day to help beautify the city by painting murals and creating other artwork. It’s yet another example of how Carly is putting her many interests—and talents—to work.
Friends wishing to get in touch with Carly can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.