Richard Eitel Carter


Richard Eitel Carter



Richard Eitel Carter was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on October 30, 1935. After graduating from Manual Training High School (Emmerich Manual High School) in 1954, he enrolled at Butler University where he received his A.B. in 1958. Carter then enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law and received his LL.B. degree in 1961. Upon graduating from law school, Carter attended the Universitè Internationale des Sciences Comparèes for law in Luxembourg, before returning to Bloomington to teach at the law school as a Krannert Fellow (1961/62 and 1962/63)..

In 1963, he began his legal career as a litigation attorney for the Federal Trade Commission and later as a staff attorney for Neighborhood Legal Services. In 1970, Carter joined the faculty of the Catholic University of America, where he established a clinical legal education program that served Washington's inner city. In 1975, he was influential in the establishment of the Legal Services Corporation and served two years as Director of its Office of Program Support. In 1978, he joined the United States Justice Department and a year later was appointed Director of the Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute. He later served as Directory of the DOJ’s Office of Legal Education.

From 1985 to 1993, Carter served as Director for the Division for Professional Education of the American Bar Association. He left the ABA in 1993 to become the Executive Director of the American Law Institute-American Bar Association Committee on Continuing Legal Professional Education. He would serve as Executive Director for the next 22 years. Following his 2005 retirement, Carter became active in the International Bar Association, chairing the Legal Education Committee.

Richard E. Carter was inducted into the Indiana University School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 1997. Carter died at the age of 78, in February 2014.


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