Faculty and Staff
Elizabeth M. McCormick
Clinic Director, Professor of Law
Professor McCormick joined the faculty as an Associate Clinical Professor of Law in August 2005. Professor McCormick holds a BA from Fordham University, an MA from New York University, and a JD from Georgetown Law Center, where she served as a senior editor of the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal. After law school, Professor McCormick served as an Assistant Defender with the Defender Association of Philadelphia and as an Assistant Attorney General for the Federated States of Micronesia Department of Justice. Prior to joining the faculty at The University of Tulsa, McCormick was a member of the clinical faculty at Cornell Law School and the University of Connecticut School of Law. Professor McCormick's teaching and research interests include clinical legal education, legal ethics, immigration, and human rights law.
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Director, Lobeck Taylor Family Advocacy Clinic
Professor Carpenter directs the Lobeck Taylor Family Advocacy Clinic at the College of Law, which will open in the spring of 2014. The Family Advocacy Clinic will prepare students for the practice of law while providing essential legal services to vulnerable individuals, families, and communities in Tulsa. Prior to joining the faculty at The University of Tulsa, Professor Carpenter was a Clinical Teaching Fellow in the Community Justice Project at the Georgetown University Law Center. She has been honored as a Bellow Scholar, a Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow, and a Harry S. Truman Scholar. Professor Carpenter’s scholarly interests include clinical legal education, law and social change, poverty law, and access to justice.
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Staff Attorney, Tulsa Immigrant Resource Network (TIRN)
Laura F. Bachman is a Staff Attorney with the Boesche Legal Clinic responsible for the coordination of the clinic's Tulsa Immigrant Resource Network (TIRN). Ms. Bachman received her BA in English Literature from Franciscan University and earned her law degree from Suffolk University School of Law. Since 1996, Ms. Bachman has devoted her practice to US immigration and nationality law. Prior to joining TU, she was in private practice in Houston, Texas, focusing on the representation of corporate and individual clients in immigration matters including employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant visa petitions, I-9 audits and compliance, family-based immigration, relief from removal proceedings and citizenship.
Before entering private practice, she worked for non-profit organizations in Texas and Massachusetts with the mission of assisting asylum seekers, immigrant victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and other disadvantaged immigrants. Through the representation of such varied clients as refugees fleeing persecution and foreign-born executives of multi-national corporations, Ms. Bachman gained the well-rounded experience of working in all aspects of US immigration law. Ms. Bachman has provided training and education on immigration law and procedure to attorneys around the country, community leaders, law enforcement agencies, and the community at large. She is of counsel at the law firm of Conner & Winters. Ms. Bachman is licensed in Oklahoma, Texas, and Massachusetts, and is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Legal Fellow, Tulsa Immigrant Resource Network
Kim Edwards, a May 2012 graduate of TU Law, joined Tulsa Immigrant Rights Network (TIRN), a program of the TU Legal Clinic, as our Legal Fellow through September 2013. Ms. Edwards holds a BA and an MA from Texas A&M University-Commerce and earned her law degree from The University of Tulsa College of Law. While at TU, she competed on the Black Law Students Association Mock Trial Team, earned a Health Law Certificate, and was an active member in the Women's Law Caucus and the Christian Law Society. Kim also served as a law student intern with the Immigrant Rights Project of the Boesche Legal Clinic in the fall of 2011.
As the TIRN Fellow, Kim provides direct representation to vulnerable immigrants eligible for legal immigration status including individuals fleeing persecution in their home country, victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and other crimes, and other immigrants eligible for status, who would otherwise be without legal representation due to limited financial means.