Dale Carpenter

Author: Dale Carpenter

Profile: Dale Carpenter is an American professor of Law at the SMU Dedman School of Law and a legal commentator. He was born in the United States and completed his education at the University of Chicago Law School, College Place and Yale University. He served at the University of Minnesota Law School for sixteen years as the Early R. Larson Professor of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law.

Dale Carpenter received his B.A. degree in 1989 in history, magna cum laude from Yale College. In 1992, he received his Juris Doctor with honors from the University of Chicago Law School. He has been Editor-in-chief of the University of Chicago Law Review at the University of Chicago.

From 1992-1993 he clerked for The Honorable Edith H. Jones of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit after which he practices in Francisco at Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin and in Houston at Vinson & Elkins. Dale Carpenter is also a state bar member of California and Texas.

 Writing style: Dale Carpenter teaches as professor, specializes and writes in print, radio and television in the areas of sexual orientation in the law, constitutional law, Due Process and Equal Protection clauses, the First Amendment and commercial law, as professor. He is a regular speaker on issues related to same-sex marriage. Besides the traditional legal academic circles, Dale Carpenter and also written a regular column, ‘Outright’ for a number of gay related publications all across the United States. He contributes to the weblog ‘The Volokh Conspiracy’ and the Independent Gay Forum on a regular basis. He is cited frequently in the American media.

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 Published Texts:


2012 – Fragrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas

Selected Articles

2005 – Bad Arguments For and Against Gay Marriage

2004 – Four Arguments Against the Federal Marriage Amendment That Even an Opponent of Gay Marriage Should Accept

2004 – The Unknown Past of Lawrence v. Texas

2004 – Is Lawrence Libertarian?

2005 – The Antipaternalism Principle in the First Amendment

2003 – Judicial Supremacy and Its Discontents

2001 – Freedom of Expressive Association and Antidiscrimination Law After Dale: A Tripartite Approach

2001 – A Conservative Defense of Romer v. Evans

1996 – Same-Sex Sexual Harassment Under Title VII

 Awards and Acknowledgements:

2007 – Appointed the Earl R. Larson Professor of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law

2006-2007 – He was the Julius E. Davis Professor of Law

2003-2004 – He was the Vance K. Opperman Research Scholar

2003-2004 and 2005-2006 – Selected the Stanley V. Kinyon Teacher for the year

2006-2007- He was the Tenured Teacher for the year

2004 – Served as an editor of Constitutional Commentary

Received both the John M. Olin Foundation Scholarship for Law & Economics and the D. Francis Bustin Prize for excellence in legal scholarship