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Alexandra Carter

Clinical Professor of Law

Alexandra Carter

Clinical Professor of Law

Alexandra Carter is the director of the Edson Queiroz Foundation Mediation Program, director of Clinical Programs, and a Clinical Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. Carter won the Jane Marks Murphy Prize for clinical advocacy while a student at Columbia Law School and has become a strong advocate of mediation as a valuable tool for many kinds of legal challenges. Through the New York Peace Institute, a nonprofit that specializes in mediation, Carter has served as a mediator. She has also supervised student mediations in court-related programs at New York City Civil Court and Harlem Small Claims Court.

Before joining Columbia Law School, Carter was at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, where she served on a team defending against a multibillion-dollar securities class-action lawsuit related to Enron. She also served as the senior antitrust associate on several multibillion-dollar mergers and worked on cases involving copyright law.

She spent a year in Taiwan from 1997 to 1998 on a Fulbright scholarship, where she researched Taiwan's contemporary literature to assess the political tensions at the time between those who wanted the island to assert independence and those who favored reunification with the Republic of China. She worked as a private equity analyst with Goldman Sachs in New York from 1998 to 2000. She then enrolled at the Law School, where she took the mediation clinic, and later worked as a teaching assistant in the clinic under Professor Carol Liebman.

Carter clerked for the Honorable Mark L. Wolf of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts in Boston before joining Cravath, Swaine & Moore.

Carter received her J.D. from the Law School in 2003, where she was articles editor for the Journal of Transnational Law and won the Lawrence S. Greenbaum Prize for best oral argument in the 2002 Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court Competition. She earned her B.A. at Georgetown University in 1997.

  • J.D., Columbia Law School, 2003
  • B.A., Georgetown University, 1997
Areas of Expertise
  • Mediation
  • Civil litigation
  • “Hey, That’s My Copyright: Exploring the Boundaries of the Work-for-Hire Doctrine,” New York Law Journal, April 2007
  • “An Introduction to Mediation for Estate Planners,” (Susan N. Gary, ed.), as part of Mediation for Estate Planners: Estate Planning, Probate, Guardianships and Bioethics, 2012
Advanced Mediation Clinic
Externship: Pro Bono Scholars
Externship: Pro Bono Scholars - Fieldwork
Mediation Clinic
Mediation Clinic - Fieldwork
S. Conflict Resolution and Diplomacy