Judge Robert Carter, leader in the legal battle against racial segregation, dies at 94

On January 3, Judge Robert Carter, a leader in the legal battle against racial segregation, passed away at the age of 94. Carter taught at NYU Law from 1966 to 1971, first as a lecturer and then as an adjunct professor of law. According to the New York Times obituary, Carter is remembered for his work with Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Educational Fund, culminating in the 1954 landmark case, Brown v. Board of Education, which Carter argued in front of the Supreme Court. In 1972, Carter became a federal judge in the Southern District of New York. A close friend of the late NYU Law Professor Derrick Bell, Carter regularly attended the annual Derrick Bell lecture, and was one of the many notable guests at Bell’s memorial service last fall.

Posted January 5, 2012

Charles Ogletree, Derrick Bell and Judge Carter, pictured at the first annual Derrick Bell Lecture in 1995