About Anna E. Carpenter

Anna E. Carpenter is Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Lobeck Taylor Family Advocacy Clinic. Her scholarship includes empirical and theoretical work on access to justice and the role of legal representation in the civil justice system. For her empirical research on access to justice, she was named a Bellow Scholar. She also writes on clinical legal education. She was recently named the first Affiliate Faculty Member of the University of Tulsa Institute for Trauma, Adversity, and Injustice (TITAN) for the academic year 2015-2016.
Professor Carpenter previously held a Clinical Teaching Fellowship at Georgetown University Law Center in the Community Justice Project. She was also a Georgetown Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow. Prior to her academic career, Professor Carpenter was a staff attorney at the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program and a federal policy advocate for Futures Without Violence. She earned a J.D. and an LL.M in Advocacy from Georgetown University Law Center.
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.
In the Family Advocacy Clinic, Professor Carpenter’s students engage in civil litigation and trial advocacy, as well as clinical projects where they solve clients’ legal and policy problems outside of the courtroom.
To learn more about her clinic, visit: http://law.utulsa.edu/academics/legal-clinics/family-advocacy-clinic/
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.


Present Director, Lobeck Taylor Family Advocacy Clinic, University of Tulsa College of Law
Present Assistant Clinical Professor of Law, University of Tulsa College of Law

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