Associate Professor
Leonore Carpenter
Rutgers Law School
217 N 5th St
Camden, NJ 08102
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Leonore F. (Lee) Carpenter teaches Legal Analysis, Writing and Research, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and the Law, Professional Responsibility, Appellate Advocacy, and Introduction to Public Interest Law. 

Prior to joining the Rutgers Law School faculty, Professor Carpenter spent 14 years on the faculty at Temple University Beasley School of Law, where she received a University Senate Faculty Service Award. She also previously served as Legal Director at Equality Advocates Pennsylvania, a public interest agency that provided direct legal services, education, and policy reform advocacy for LGBTQ+ Pennsylvanians. In recognition of Professor Carpenter’s civil rights advocacy work, she has been awarded the Philadelphia LGBTQ Bar Association’s Michael Greenberg Award and the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Cheryl Ingram Advocate for Justice Award, and was named one of the 2012 40 Best LGBTQ+ Attorneys Under 40.

Professor Carpenter is a 2000 graduate of Temple Law, where she received the Beth Cross Award for commitment to underserved populations. Following graduation from law school, Professor Carpenter completed a clerkship with the Honorable Harold B. Wells, III of the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division.


Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, and its Effect on Pennsylvania’s LGBTQ Community, 91 Pa. B.A. Q. 103 (2020).

One Sequin at a Time: Lessons on State Constitutions and Incremental Change from the Campaign for Marriage Equality, 75 N.Y.U. Ann. Surv. Am. L. 255 (2020) (with E. Margolis).

Learning by Accident, Learning by Design: Thinking About the Production of Substantive Knowledge in the LRW Classroom, 88 UMKC L. Rev. 39 (2019) (with B. Tavares).

Walking While Trans: Profiling of Transgender Women by Law Enforcement, and the Problem of Proof, 24 WM. & MARY J. WOMEN & L. 5 (2017) (with B. Marshall).

The Next Phase: Positioning the Post-Obergefell LGBT Rights Movement to Bridge the Gap Between Formal and Lived Equality, 13 STAN. J. C.R. & C.L. 255 (2017).

A Union Unlike Any Other: Obergefell and the Doctrine of Marital Superiority, 104 GEO. L.J. ONLINE 124 (2015) (with D.S. Cohen).

Getting Queer Priorities Straight: How Direct Legal Services Can Democratize Issue Prioritization in the LGBT Rights Movement, 17 U. PENN. J. LAW AND SOCIAL CHANGE 107 (2014).

“We’re Not Running a Charity Here”: Rethinking Public Interest Lawyers’ Relationships with Bottom-Line-Driven Pro Bono Programs, 29 BUFF. PUB. INT. L. J. 37 (2011).

  • Civil Rights & Civil Liberties
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