Carla D. Pratt

Contact Information

Areas of Interest

  • Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher Chair in Civil Rights, Race and Justice


B.A., Texas A&M Commerce

J.D., Howard University School of Law

Research Interests

  • Equal Protection
  • Legal Ethics
  • Race and the Law


Prior to joining the OU Law faculty Professor Pratt served as Dean at Washburn University School of Law and prior to that she served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Associate Dean for Education Equity and the Nancy J. LaMont Faculty Scholar at Penn State University’s Dickinson School of Law. Professor Pratt has also served the legal profession and the greater community. From March 2012 to March 2018 she served as an Associate Justice for the Supreme Court of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in Fort Yates, North Dakota hearing cases that presented a constitutional question under the United States Constitution and/or the Standing Rock Sioux Constitution.  She currently serves as a member of the Council to the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. The Council is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the national accrediting agency for JD programs.

Additional Information


White Supremacy’s Threat to U.S. Democracy in Beyond Imagination: The January 6 Insurrection


Radical Reformation: Diverse Pathways to Licensure will Yield a More Diverse Profession


23 Rutgers Race & Law Rev. 177

Courses Taught


  • Constitutional Law 5134
  • Equality of Rights in American Constitutional Law 6100
  • Race and American Law 6100

Awards & Honors

Topeka Human Relations Commission, Troy Scroggins Outstanding Individual Award, (Jan. 18, 2022).

Society of American Law Teachers, Shanara Gilbert Human Rights Award (Jan. 7, 2022; one of five recipients nationally).

Greater Topeka Partnership, Women of Influence Award for Education (Oct. 2021).

Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Impact Award, for Impact on Legal Education (Jan. 2021). (One of five recipients nationally).

Professional Associations

American Bar Association

National Bar Association

Society of American Law Teachers

Delta Sigma Theta Service Sorority

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