Carl Folsom

Carl Folsom
  • Adjunct Faculty

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Carl Folsom currently works as a trial attorney with the Office of the Federal Public Defender in Topeka, Kansas. He became an adjunct professor of Trial Advocacy in 2018. Folsom also serves as an attorney mentor and instructor in the District of Kansas’s Second Chair Program.

He previously worked as both an assistant federal public defender and a research-and-writing specialist for the Federal Public Defender for the Northern and Eastern Districts of Oklahoma. Before joining the Federal Public Defender system in 2012, Folsom was a partner in the Lawrence, Kansas law firm Bell Folsom, PA. He started his career as an attorney with the Kansas Appellate Defender Office.

Folsom is a graduate of the University of Kansas and the University of Kansas School of Law. In 2019, he was awarded the inaugural Clarence Darrow Award from the Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, an award given for excellence in trial advocacy.


J.D., University of Kansas, 2005
B.A., University of Kansas, 2002


Courses Taught:

  • Trial Advocacy