The University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law is excited to welcome Anna E. Carpenter as the college’s new director of clinical programs and a tenured member of the faculty.
Carpenter is currently an associate clinical professor of law and director of the Lobeck Taylor Community Advocacy Clinic at the University of Tulsa. She will start her new position in Utah on July 1.
Carpenter is a highly regarded scholar focusing on access to justice issues. Her major scholarly projects have used empirical methods to study the phenomenon of unrepresented parties, representation by nonlawyers, and how judges deal with this new normal. She has received academic honors for her work, including recognition as a Bellow Scholar and by the American Constitution Society.
“We hope that her expertise in this important area will benefit the Utah legal community as well as the College of Law,” said Linda Smith, a law professor and longtime clinical director at the College of Law who will step into a new role in July.
Carpenter received her J.D. (2009) and her LLM (2013) in advocacy from Georgetown University Law Center, considered to be a top legal training ground for clinical faculty.
Carpenter will head a clinical program that has repeatedly been named among the best law schools in the nation for practical legal training by The National Jurist magazine. Clinical programs are an important part of legal education. Clinical experiences allow students to gain on-the-job experience while earning credit for coursework.