Sonja Carter was named Columbia Law School’s associate dean for development and alumni relations, succeeding Bruno Santonocito, who stepped down at the beginning of the year after a successful six-year tenure. Santonocito will continue to serve as a special adviser to the dean. Carter, who has more than 16 years of legal and fundraising experience, joins the Law School from Columbia University, where she served as the director for gift planning. She practiced law for a number of years in Minneapolis, Minn., and New York City, and also holds an M.S. in fundraising management from Columbia University. Santonocito served with great distinction after assuming the post in 2005, leading tremendously successful efforts in fundraising and further enhancing the sense of community among the Law School’s graduates.