starla-carpenterI live in Chicago, and will be entering the Northwestern School of Law JD program in fall of 2009. I intend to study public interest law, with a focus on antitrust law and other corporate regulation.

I have a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature, a Master’s in Computer Science, and have spent most of my working life as a web designer and programmer. In the past, I’ve spent a year in Japan teaching English, worked on Wall street as a research assistant, and produced an award-winning sketch comedy show on public access television. I’ve always loved writing, and have seen one play go on to win an award and be produced twice. I am currently part of an improvised comedy radio program in Chicago, The Improvised Radio Show.

I do volunteer work to help a nonprofit, Community Lawyers Inc., located in Compton, CA, with their website and I am also helping to evaluate software appropriate for law school clinics and small law practices. I also read/ for the blind at the Blind Services Association of Chicago.

On Lawyerist, I expect to offer general law school advice, with special focus on the challenges faced by older students (like myself) going to law school. I will also review products and give technology advice to students, small firms and nonprofits.