Anna E. Carpenter portrait
  • Professor and Director of Clinical Programs, College Of Law

Research Summary

Professor Carpenter's scholarship includes empirical and theoretical work on access to justice and the role of lawyers, non-lawyers, and judges in the civil justice system. Currently, she is running two empirical studies, one focused on judges’ behavior on pro se dockets in state courts and one focused on Utah’s regulatory reforms of the legal profession and legal services. She also writes on legal education and clinical pedagogy.

Education

  • B.A., Sociology, Willamette University
  • J.D., Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • L.L.M., Advocacy, Georgetown University Law Center

Biography

Anna E. Carpenter is Professor of Law and Director of Clinical Programs at The University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. She is founder and director of the Justice Lab, a legal clinic where students help client organizations solve complex problems and advocate for systemic change.

Her scholarship includes empirical and theoretical work on access to justice and the role of lawyers, non-lawyers, and judges in the civil justice system. Currently, she is running two empirical studies, one focused on judges’ behavior on pro se dockets in state courts and one focused on Utah’s regulatory reforms of the legal profession and legal services. She also writes on legal education and clinical pedagogy.

For her empirical research on access to justice, she was named a Bellow Scholar. Her papers have been selected for the Junior Scholars Public Law Workshop and the New Voices in Civil Justice Workshop.

Professor Carpenter’s previous appointments include Associate Clinical Professor of Law at The University of Tulsa College of Law and Clinical Teaching Fellow at Georgetown University Law Center. She was also a Georgetown Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow.

Before her academic career, Professor Carpenter worked as a legal services lawyer and as a federal policy analyst in the areas of domestic violence, immigration, and social safety net programs. She has a J.D. and an LL.M in Advocacy from Georgetown University Law Center.