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Eric R. Carpenter

Professor of Law

(305) 348-4560

Education & CV

  • LL.M., The Judge Advocate General’s School, U.S. Army
  • J.D., University of California, Los Angeles
  • MMAS, Command and General Staff College, U.S. Army
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley
Curriculum Vitae


  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure & Litigation
  • Evidence
  • Feminist Theory/Gender
  • Military Justice
  • National Security
BiographyNews Items
Military law, death penalty litigation, sexual assault law and policy—Professor Eric Carpenter is a nationally-recognized expert. He routinely provides relevant, insightful, engaging, and unbiased commentary on these topics to the media, including The Today Show, CBS Radio, the Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, and the Associated Press, to name a few. He was also a cast member on the Starz true-crime documentary, Leavenworth.

More than a scholar and expert, he has lived and worked in the world of military justice. He served in the Army as a helicopter pilot and is a graduate of Ranger School and Airborne School. He was a judge advocate, serving as a prosecutor, supervising defense counsel, and Chair of the Criminal Law Department at the Army’s law school. He deployed to Afghanistan in 2003. And as an elected member of the National Institute of Military Justice and the ABA’s Military Justice Committee, he writes influential articles on military justice system reform.

Not content to comment from the sidelines, he is still active in death penalty litigation. He is a consultant on the 9/11 commissions at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and continues to advise judge advocates who defend service members in capital courts-martial. His experience is deep—while in the Army, he served as the lead defense attorney on a capital murder case and was part of the task force that wrote the current regulations for capital litigation in the Army. He is a member the National College of Capital Voir Dire and speaks regularly on this trial technique around the country. He has written several articles on how jurors view the death penalty.

Today, he actively works to improve the legislation and law enforcement of sexual assault. As an elected member of the American Law Institute, he works on the ALI’s project to reform the Model Penal Code’s sexual assault and related provisions. The subject isn’t new to him—while in the Army, he helped develop training and policy to address the sexual assault issue in the military. He focuses his scholarship on improving law enforcement processing on sexual assault cases, and providing relevant information that policy makers can use when deciding how to reform the civilian and military systems.

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