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  • Megan Carpenter is dean and professor of law of the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law.

    Dean Carpenter is a transformational leader. Under her tenure, UNH Franklin Pierce has increased enrollment by over 230%, increased giving over 330%, and increased the number of students of color more than five-fold. Dean Carpenter has been named one of the Most Influential People in Legal Education by National Jurist.

    Her talent for driving initiatives from concept to execution has had a demonstrable positive impact at multiple institutions. Most recently she led the creation of the Hybrid JD in Intellectual Property, Technology, and Information Law, a national award-winning program and the first hybrid program for a specialized area of the law in the US. The program is designed to make legal education accessible to working professionals in IP-intensive industries. It has experienced strong growth year-over-year since its inception in 2019, and in 2022 the program was recognized as one of the top law school innovators nationwide by Bloomberg. Carpenter is also the founder and former director of the Center for Law and Intellectual Property at Texas A&M School of Law.

    Dean Carpenter is a global strategist, having built partnerships and programs across six continents. She believes in a practical approach to legal theory and policy, as evidenced by the numerous opportunities she has created for students to gain meaningful, practical experience before they graduate law school. The impact such opportunities have on lawyers-in-training is a hallmark of Dean Carpenter’s leadership style and a personal point of pride.

    She has over 20 years of experience as a global leader in Intellectual Property and technology. She speaks around the world on topics related to IP, technology, and legal education. She is also a prolific writer in IP and innovation, including the book, “Evolving Economies: The Role of Law in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.” She has written multiple book chapters and published works in the Hastings Law Journal, Fordham Law Review, Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts, Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law, and the Yale Journal of Human Rights and Development, and in popular media, such as the New York Times, NPR, IAM, Chicago Tribune, Salon, and Smithsonian Magazine.

    Carpenter is a community-minded executive and has organized legal support for underserved communities to support economic development in New Hampshire, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, and West Virginia.

    Dean Carpenter practiced law at Kirkpatrick & Lockhart (now K&L Gates), where she represented clients on technology-focused legal issues, and at Carpenter & Bruning, a boutique IP and entertainment law firm.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2024 Risk-Taking and Reform: Innovation for a Better EducationUNH Law Rev..  22:141-141. 2024
    2021 A Digital Mindset Will Revolutionize Education: Legal Education as a Global ModelNational Law Review.  XI. 2021
    2019 Legal Education Unbundled (and Rebundled)University of Toronto Law Journal.  50:265-274. 2019
    2016 Trademark Law Promotes Fair Competition, Not MoralityThe New York times2016
    2016 Contextual Healing: What to Do About Scandalous Trademarks and Lanham Act 2(a)Hastings Law Journal.  68:1-44. 2016
    2016 If It’s Broke, Fix It: Fixing FixationColumbia Journal of Law and the Arts.  39:355-364. 2016
    2015 NSFW: An Empirical Study of Scandalous TrademarksCardozo Arts and Entertainment Law Journal.  33:321-365. 2015
    2014 Function Over Form: Bringing the Fixation Requirement into the Modern EraFordham Law Review.  82:2221-2271. 2014
    2011 Calling Bulls**t on the Lanham Act: The 2(a) Bar for Immoral, Scandalous, and Disparaging MarksBrandeis law journal.  49:465-483. 2011
    2011 Drawing a Line in the Sand: When a Curator Becomes a CreatorVanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law.  13:463-505. 2011
    2011 Will Work’: The Role of Intellectual Property in Transitional Economies – From Coal to Content 2011
    2010 Space Age Love Song: The Mix Tape in a Digital UniverseNevada Law Journal.  11:44-81. 2010
    2009 Trademarks and Human Rights: Oil and Water? Or Chocolate and Peanut Butter?Trademark Reporter.  99:892-930. 2009
    2008 Bare Justice: A Feminist Theory of Justice and Its Potential Application to Crimes of Sexual Violence in Post-Genocide RwandaCreighton law review.  41:595-661. 2008
    2008 River RatsLegal Studies Forum: an interdisciplinary journal.  32:673-681. 2008
    2008 The Lexical Heart: A DictionaryLegal Studies Forum: an interdisciplinary journal.  32:137-152. 2008
    2004 Intellectual Property and Indigenous Peoples: Adapting Copyright Law to the Needs of a Global CommunityYale Human Rights and Development Law Journal.  7:51-78. 2004
    1997 Preserving a Place for the Past in Our Future: A Survey of Historic Preservation in West VirginiaWest Virginia Law Review.  100:423-466. 1997


    Year Title
    2012 Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Evolving Economies The Role of Law.  Ed. Carpenter, Megan.  2012


    Year Title
    2012 Intellectual Property: A Human (Not Corporate) Right.  312-312. 2012
    2011 'Will Work': the role of intellectual property in transitional economies -- from coal to content.  49-66. 2011

    Teaching Activities

  • Fund of Intellectual Property Taught course
  • LawSpcTop/Geo Indications Wine Taught course
  • LawSpcTop/IP Indigenous Commun Taught course
  • Fund of Intellectual Property Taught course 2022
  • Independent Study Taught course 2022
  • IP Issues Faced by Today's Ind Taught course 2022
  • Fund of Intellectual Property Taught course 2021
  • Policy Considerations Law Taught course 2021
  • Fund of Intellectual Property Taught course 2020
  • Fund of Intellectual Property Taught course 2019
  • Education And Training

  • B.A. Foreign Languages, West Virginia University
  • Certificate, Universidad Internacional Menendez Pelayo
  • J.D., West Virginia University
  • LL.M. International Human Rights, National University of Ireland
  • M.A. Foreign Languages, West Virginia University
  • Full Name

  • Megan Carpenter