JD, University of Ottawa Law School, 2008
BA, McGill University
Carlotta Lepingwell joined the Women’s Prison Project as a Clinical Instructor in 2020 after serving as the Deputy Director and the Training Director at the Texas statewide capital habeas public defender office, the Office of Capital and Forensic Writs in Austin, TX. Her prior experience includes more than seven years as a public defender in New Orleans, Massachusetts and the Bronx, NY, where she practiced trial advocacy, and more than three years as a death penalty post-conviction and supervising attorney in Texas. As a supervising attorney, she has supervised both new and experienced felony trial attorneys and capital post-conviction attorneys. In her role as training director at the Office of Capital & Forensic Writs, Lepingwell was responsible for establishing the first office attorney and investigator training program. She has been invited to train on trial skills and capital post-conviction litigation skills at the state and national level.
Lepingwell received her undergraduate degree in Classics and Political Science at McGill University before attending law school at the University of Ottawa in Canada. Before moving to the United States to pursue her dream of being a public defender, she worked for a year in private criminal defense practice in Toronto, Ontario.