Stephen H. Carpenter, Jr.

Stephen H. Carpenter Jr.

, Stephen H. Carpenter, Jr.

Stephen has published several articles on military justice, including: Federal Criminal Practice: A Military Justice Primer; A PTSD Primer: When Good Soldiers Do Bad Things; Resolving the Torture Memo Conundrum by Court-Martial; Guantanamo 101: Rejecting Cruel, Unusual and Degrading Justice; Military Commissions: Justice Guantanamo Style; Defending Gay Soldiers Who Defend America; and Blessed are the Peacemakers: Remembering Kosovo.

Additionally Stephen has previously served as an adjunct professor in trial advocacy at the University of Washington, School of Law. He has also taught effective oral advocacy techniques for the Attorney General’s Office, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, American Bar Association and Seattle Academy.

In 2004, the U.S. Department of Justice certified Mr. Carpenter in criminal trial advocacy after he attended a course at the National Advocacy Center in South Carolina.

Stephen has formerly served as an Assistant Attorney General (AAG) for the State of Washington where he assisted appellate government lawyers prepare for oral and written arguments. He has likewise judged law student appellate competitions at the University of Washington, School of Law. Mr. Carpenter formerly prosecuted, over a two year period, scores of Washington State physicians, psychologists and dentists for professional malpractice. Mr. Carpenter succeded in persuading the disciplinary boards comprised of medical professionals, in each and every case he prosecuted, that discipline was warranted.

Educational and Military Background

  • University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon School of Law, J.D., 1995
  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia School of Government and Foreign Affairs, B.A., 1990
  • U.S. Army JAG School, Officer Basic Course, 1999
  • U.S. Marine Corps, Officer Candidate School, 1993
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Trial Advocacy School, 2004

Legal Memberships

  • The Judge Advocate General’s Association
  • National Institute of Military Justice
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Criminal Law Section, Washington State Bar Association (WSBA)
  • International Law Section, WSBA
  • Legal Assistance for Military Personnel Section
  • American Bar Association

Prior Military Service Awards

  • Army Commendation Medal (2nd award)
  • Army Achievement Medal, Army Overseas Ribbon
  • NATO medal
  • Kosovo Campaign Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal (2nd award)
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Army Service Ribbon
  • Former Service Related Coins (including coin from current Army Chief of Staff)

Federal and State Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • Federal District Court of Oregon
  • Federal District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
  • Oregon State Bar
  • Washington State Bar
  • Army Court of Criminal Appeals
  • Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Trial Advocacy Faculty/Lecturer Seminars

  • Essential Trial Skills Lecturer, Litigation Section American Bar Association;
  • Adjunct Lecturer, Trial Advocacy Program, University of Washington, School of Law
  • Trial Skills Lecturer, The National Institute for Trial Advocacy
  • Deposition Skills Lecturer, The National Institute for Trial Advocacy
  • Mock Trial Mentor, Seattle Academy, H.S. Mock Trial Team
  • Defending Murder Cases, USATDS
  • The Use of Impeachment in Sexual Assault Cases, USTDS
  • Polygraph Examinations from a Defense Perspective, USATDS

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