Carolyn E. Frazier

Clinical Professor of Law


Carolyn Frazier has been a Clinical Assistant Professor of Law and staff attorney with the Children and Family Justice Center (CFJC) since 2004. A juvenile defense trial attorney, Carolyn primarily represents youth in delinquency proceedings on charges ranging from misdemeanors to first-degree murder, as well as transfer proceedings. Her additional areas of practice include post-conviction work and litigation regarding the collateral consequences of a conviction (e.g. criminal records expungement and removal of juveniles from the IL state sex offender registry.) Carolyn supervises second- and third-year law students on all of her cases through her clinical seminar in juvenile justice.

From 2004-2007, Carolyn served as the DLA Piper Signature Fellow in Juvenile Justice. As the firm’s Signature Fellow, Carolyn assisted over 100 attorneys at DLA Piper representing youth in delinquency and expungement proceedings. She also assisted the firm in developing and carrying out a large-scale policy initiative examining the challenges faced by formerly detained youth when trying to return to school. Prior to coming to the Bluhm Legal Clinic, Carolyn was an associate at Baker & McKenzie’s Chicago office. From 2000-2009, Carolyn represented former-Death Row inmate Ronald Kitchen in postconviction proceedings that ultimately led to his exoneration in 2009.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Clinical Teaching
  • Juvenile Justice

Selected Publications

  • Victims and Villains in Murder by Abortion Cases from Turn-of-the-Twentieth-Century Chicago, 124 Triquarterly 63-78 (2006) (with Dorothy Roberts).

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Prior Appointments

  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • Clinical Associate Professor of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

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