Distinguished Professor of Law
B.A., University of Illinois
J.D., University of Utah
Professor Carter was a trial attorney in the honors program of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice from 1978 to 1981. She worked on voting, housing, and education discrimination cases. She then spent four years as a criminal defense attorney with the Salt Lake City Legal Defender Association, where she tried cases ranging from DUI to murder.
In 1985, Professor Carter joined the McGeorge faculty. She has written on death penalty, evidence, international treaty issues, and international criminal procedure. She is the co-author of a treatise on Capital Punishment Law, books on Global Issues in Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure, and a recent book on International Criminal Procedure. Her current area of interest is international criminal law, with a focus on war crimes tribunals.
Prof. Carter has lectured and researched international criminal law issues in multiple venues. In 2005, she studied the Gacaca trials in Rwanda and conducted a workshop in Cambodia. In 2007, she served as a Visiting Professional in the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court in The Hague and as a legal researcher at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. She was a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Senegal in 2009. Since 2003, she has worked with the Brandeis Institute for International Judges, which convenes meetings of judges from all major international tribunals.
In the summer of 2013, Prof. Carter directed the first Law and Development Practicum for law students in Kampala, Uganda. Prof. Carter is a member of professional organizations, including the International Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the American Branch of the International Law Association; she is also an elected member of the American Law Institute.
Courses: Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law, Capital Punishment, International Criminal Law