Whitley Carpenter is a Staff Attorney currently focusing on criminal justice issues related to SCSJ’s Clean Slate Project, which provides direct legal reentry services to persons with criminal records. In her time with SCSJ, she has also explored issues related to racial profiling and police misconduct. Whitley received her J.D. from UNC School of Law in 2015. She began working with SCSJ during the summer of 2014 as a Certified Law Student. During law school, she worked with the UNC Center on Poverty, Work, and Opportunity where she focused on bringing attention to issues impacting North Carolina’s poor communities. She also served as a certified student practitioner at the UNC Civil Legal Assistance Clinic and represented clients in housing and education cases. Whitley graduated from North Carolina State University in 2012 with a B.A. in Psychology and Political Science. As an undergraduate student at North Carolina State University, Whitley helped to recruit underrepresented groups of students and worked with minority and impoverished students in after-school and academic enhancement programs, and coordinated college visits for middle and high school students of color. Whitley’s work regularly reflects her strong commitment to advocating for and strengthening the voices of poor, underrepresented communities, and communities of color.