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About Eric R. Carpenter

Professor Carpenter joined FIU Law in 2013. He served as a helicopter pilot in the Army for five years before attending law school under the Army’s Funded Legal Education Program. Following law school, he served as a legal aid attorney, international law attorney, prosecutor, and supervising defense counsel in the Army JAG Corps. He deployed to Afghanistan in 2003 and served as the lead defense attorney on a capital murder case from 2007-2009. From 2010 to 2013, he helped develop training and policy to address the sexual assault issue in the military while teaching at the Army’s law school in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he was the Chair of the Criminal Law Department. His research interests are in military justice, sexual violence against women, and capital litigation. He was elected to the American Law Institute in 2013, is a member of the ABA’s Military Justice Committee, and is an affiliated faculty member with the FIU Center for Women’s and Gender Studies. Away from work, Professor Carpenter likes to ski, surf, play tennis, and hang out with his kids.


2011 Present Faculty, National College of Capital Voir Dire
Present Assistant Professor of Law, Florida International University College of Law
20112013 Chair and Professor, The Judge Advocate General’s School, Charlottesville, VA ‐ Criminal Law Department
20102011 Associate Professor, The Judge Advocate General’s School, Charlottesville, VA ‐ Criminal Law Department
20052009 Senior Defense Counsel and Capital Defense Counsel, Fort Bragg, NC
20022003 Operational and International Law Attorney, Fort Drum, NY
19941998 Aviation Platoon Leader and Executive Officer, Fort Carson, CO

Curriculum Vitae

Honors and Awards

  • ABA NCSCJ Judicial Education Award, 2014
  • Awarded Bronze Star for Service in Afganistan, 2003
  • Awarded in Military Law with a Criminal Law Specialty Commandant’s List
  • The Judge Paul W. Brosman Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Study of Criminal Law


  • Capital Litigation
  • Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Military Justice
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Sexual Violence against Women
  • Trial Advocacy


2010 MMAS, Command and General Staff College, U.S. Army
2005 LL.M., Law, The Judge Advocate General’s School, U.S. Army
2001 J.D., Law, University of California, Los Angeles
1993 B.A. (cum laude), University of California, Berkeley

Contact Information

Florida International University College of Law
11200 SW 8th St., RDB 2037
Miami, FL 33199

(305) 348-4560


Recent Works (3)