Professor Carpenter directs the Lobeck Taylor Family Advocacy Clinic at the College
of Law. The Family Advocacy Clinic prepares students for the practice of law while
providing essential legal services to vulnerable individuals, families, and communities
in Tulsa. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Tulsa, Professor Carpenter
was a Clinical Teaching Fellow in the Community Justice Project at the Georgetown
University Law Center. She has been honored as a Bellow Scholar, a Women’s Law and Public
Policy Fellow, and a Harry S. Truman Scholar. Professor Carpenter’s scholarly interests
include access to justice, clinical legal education, and poverty law. 

Her work has appeared in the Clinical Law Review and future work will appear in the
Hastings Law Journal, the Denver University Law Review, and Law and Social Inquiry. 

She is currently engaged in two long-term, interdisciplinary research projects. One, with
Colleen Shanahan (law, Temple) and Alyx Mark (political science, North Central College)
examines civil legal representation through original data collected in an administrative
court in Washington, DC. Another, with Dr. Joanne Davis (psychology, Tulsa) examines
litigants' experiences in an integrated domestic violence court. 

To learn more about her clinic, visit: 

Prior to her academic career, Professor Carpenter practiced public interest law in the
District of Columbia and San Diego, California. She directed a legal clinic for
individuals living with HIV/AIDS and represented clients in a wide range of civil legal
matters including public benefits appeals, housing, estate planning, debt relief,
discrimination, and immigration. Professor Carpenter has also worked extensively in the
areas of public policy reform, legislative advocacy, and public relations in the
not-for-profit sector. She has advocated at the federal and state level for legislative
and policy initiatives to improve the well-being of vulnerable individuals, families, and
communities. Her legislative and policy work has emphasized violence prevention, economic
justice, women’s health and well-being, and issues facing women in the criminal justice

Professor Carpenter is active in developing innovative teaching models for clinical legal
education with an emphasis on complex problem-solving, strategic thinking, and
community-based lawyering. While at Georgetown, she was part of a team of clinicians
working to develop the “project model” of clinical education. In this model, students
solve complex legal problems for community groups by developing creative, non-litigation
advocacy strategies. At the University of Tulsa, Professor Carpenter engages students in
the practice of law through direct representation of individual clients in civil legal
matters as well as broader, systemic advocacy work. 

Clinical Legal Education


The Project Model of Clinical Education: Eight Pedagogical Principles to Maximize Student Learning and Social Justice Impact, Clinical Law Review (2013)

In clinical legal education, there is growing interest in the development of project-based clinical work,...


Human Rights

Access to Justice


Representation in Context: Party Power and Lawyer Expertise (with Colleen F. Shanahan and Alyx Mark) (2014)

The questions when, why, and how legal representation makes a difference for parties in civil...