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: 

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. 

Access to Justice


Lawyers, Power, and Strategic Expertise (with Colleen F. Shanahan and Alyx Mark), Denver L. Rev. (2016)

This empirical study analyzes what the parties and lawyers described above experience – a party’s...



Trial and Error: Lawyers and Nonlawyer Advocates (with Alyx Mark and Colleen Shanahan), Law and Soc. Inquiry (2016)

Nonlawyer advocates are one proposed solution to the access to justice crisis and are currently...


Clinical Legal Education


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

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


Human Rights