Carter C. White


Position Title

TB 30

Carter “Cappy” White has been the supervising attorney of the King Hall Civil Rights Clinic for more than 23 years. He has been a trial and appellate lawyer for over 35 years. The primary emphasis of his work is protecting the civil rights of incarcerated people. He has also taught courses at the law school in Civil Rights and Pretrial Skills.

Law students working under his supervision have tried numerous jury and bench trials in federal court and have argued more than 20 cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. White’s own work includes many trials in California and Texas, as well as scores of appeals before the Fifth and Ninth Circuits, the Supreme Court of Texas, and Texas Courts of Appeal.

White’s clinical experiences in law school have shaped his approach to teaching: “My law school experience was enriched by my participation in two live client clinics. The practical lessons one learns in actually representing real people are not soon forgotten when students enter the full-time practice of law.”

Education and Degree(s)
  • A.B. Government and Latin American Studies, Oberlin College, 1978
  • J.D. University of Texas School of Law, 1984
Honors and Awards
  • 2021 Joe Ramsey Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service, United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
Research Interests & Expertise
  • Civil Rights
  • Rights of Incarcerated Persons
  • Pretrial Skills