William M. Carter Jr. is currently Dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Prior to joining Pitt Law in July 2012, Carter was Professor of Law at the Temple University Beasley School of Law and Case Western Reserve Law School, focusing his scholarship in the areas of constitutional law, civil procedure, political and civil rights, and litigation.
Upon graduation from law school, Dean Carter worked as a litigation associate in the Washington, D.C. offices of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey and Ropes & Gray.
- Political & Civil Rights
- Civil Procedure
- Litigation Basics
- Constitutional Law
- The Thirteenth Amendment and Pro-Equality Speech, 112 Columbia Law Review 1855 (2012). Available on SSRN.
- Affirmative Action as Government Speech, 59 UCLA L. Rev. 2 (2011) (lead article). Available on SSRN.
- The Paradox of Political Power: Post-Racialism, Equal Protection, and Democracy, 61 Emory L. J. 1123 (2012). Available on SSRN.
- The Thirteenth Amendment, Interest Convergence, and the Badges and Incidents of Slavery, 71 Maryland L. Rev. 21 (2012). Available on SSRN.
- Treaties as Law and the Rule of Law, 69 Maryland L. Rev. 344 (2010). Available on SSRN.
- Race, Rights, and the Thirteenth Amendment: Defining the Badges and Incidents of Slavery, 40 U.C. Davis Law Review 1311 (2007) (lead article). Available on SSRN.
- A Thirteenth Amendment Framework for Combating Racial Profiling, 39 Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review 17 (2004) (lead article). Available on SSRN.
- The Mote in thy Brother’s Eye (review of Human Rights as Politics and Idolatry by Michael Ignatieff), 20 Berkeley Journal of Int’l Law 496 (2002) (invited essay). Available on SSRN.
- The Badges and Incidents of Slavery: Historical Context and Contemporary Application, in The Legal Understanding of Slavery (Jean Allain, ed.) (Oxford Univ. Press, 2012).
- Toward a Thirteenth Amendment Exclusionary Rule as a Remedy for Racial Profiling, in The Promises of Liberty: The History and Contemporary Relevance of the Thirteenth Amendment (Alexander Tsesis, ed.) (Columbia Univ. Press, 2010). Available on SSRN.
- Presented Defining the Badges and Incidents of Slavery and A Thirteenth Amendment Framework for Combating Racial Profiling at Cornell Law School’s Law & Humanities Colloquium (April 2012).
- Presented The Badges and Incidents of Slavery: Historical Context and Contemporary Application at the Association for Law, Property & Society Annual Meeting at Georgetown Law School (March 2012).
- Presented The Thirteenth Amendment and Anti-Racist Speech at a Columbia Law Review Symposium titled “The Thirteenth Amendment: Meaning, Enforcement, and Contemporary Implications.” Other panelists included Akhil Amar (Yale Law School), Jack Balkin (Yale Law School), Richard Delgado (Seattle Law School), Eric Foner (Columbia University, History), and Jamal Greene (Columbia Law School) (January 2012).
- Inaugural Lecturer at UCLA Law School’s Scholar Lecture Series, on Affirmative Action as Government Speech (October 2011).
- Commentator and panelist, Harvard Law School conference titled "The Legal Parameters of Slavery: Historical to the Contemporary," co-sponsored by Harvard Law School's Charles Hamilton Houston Institute, Harvard University's W.E.B. Dubois Institute, and Harvard's Sociology Department (August 2011).
- Presented Affirmative Action as Government Speech at a constitutional lawroundtable organized by Mark Tushnet of Harvard Law School in conjunction with the American Constitution Society’s National Convention (June 2011).
- Presented A Thirteenth Amendment Framework for Combating Racial Profiling at UNC-Chapel Hill Law School (April 2011).
- Presented The Thirteenth Amendment, InterestConvergence, and the Badges and Incidents of Slavery at the University of Maryland Law School (February 2011).
- Presented Affirmative Action as Government Speech at the Loyola (Chicago) School of Law Constitutional Law Colloquium "How Democratic is the Constitution?" (November 2010).
- Arthur W. Fiske Memorial Lecturer at CWRU Law School on the topic of affirmative action (October 2010) (webcast available at http://law.case.edu/Lectures/Webcast.aspx?dt=20101004&type=flv).
- Presented The Thirteenth Amendment as Intersectional Constitutionalism, UCLA Law School, Fourth Annual Critical Race Studies Symposium (March 2010). Other panelists included Catharine MacKinnon (Univ. of Mich. Law School), Devon Carbado (UCLA Law School), and Mari Matsuda (Georgetown Law School).
- Panelist, “Slavery, Abolition, and Human Rights: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Thirteenth Amendment,” University of Chicago Law School (April 2009). Other presenters included Geoffrey Stone (Univ. of Chicago Law School), Risa Goluboff (Univ. of Virginia Law School) and William Forbath (Univ. of Texas-Austin Law School).
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Awards and Honors
- Nominated for honorary Langston Hughes Visiting Professorship at the University of Kansas School of Law
- Professor of the Year, Case Western University School of Law, 2005
- 1L Professor of the Year, Case Western University School of Law, 2003 and 2004
Selected Professional Activities
- Advisor to Ugandan NGOs, 2006-2007. Pro bono legal adviser to coalition of Ugandan NGOs in preparation of grant proposals and meeting with U.S. Congressional Human Rights Caucus regarding women's human rights, property rights, and HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa.
- Board Member, Ohio Racial Fairness Report Project, 2002-2006. Board member of independent organization implementing bar association and Ohio Supreme Court recommendations on improving racial fairness in the justice system.