Clinical Professor of Law and the Director of the Mediation Clinic at Columbia Law School.
Alexandra Carter is a Clinical Professor of Law and the Director of the Mediation Clinic at Columbia Law School. In 2019, Professor Carter was awarded the Columbia University Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching, Columbia University’s highest teaching honor. Professor Carter’s teaching and research interests lie in the field of alternative dispute resolution, primarily in mediation and negotiation. She is a leading trainer on negotiation and mediation for many from the private and public sectors, including the United Nations, where she designed a negotiation workshop as part of the first ever skills-building summit for female diplomats, entitled “Women Negotiating Peace;” U.S. courts and federal agencies; private corporations, such as Comcast NBCUniversal, Time Warner and Viacom; and law firms, including Cravath, Swaine & Moore, Morrison & Foerster and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. Outside of the United States, Professor Carter has addressed the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Rule of Law Conference, the 5th World Peace Conference in Jakarta, and the Ceará Supreme Court Conference on Mediation, and contributed as a faculty speaker at universities in South America, Asia and Europe. Back at home, she serves on the New York State Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Committee commissioned by Chief Judge Janet DiFiore; she previously served on the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee for the New York City Bar Association as well as the Mediator Ethics Advisory Committee for the New York State Unified Court System. She is an admitted mediator for the Southern District of New York. Prior to joining the Columbia faculty, Professor Carter was associated with Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, where she worked as part of a team defending against a multibillion dollar securities class action lawsuit related to the Enron collapse, served as the senior antitrust associate on several multibillion dollar mergers, and handled cases involving copyright law. She is a former U.S. Fulbright Scholar to Taiwan. Professor Carter received her Juris Doctor degree in 2003 from Columbia Law School, where she earned James Kent and Harlan Fiske Stone academic honors. She also won the Jane Marks Murphy Prize for clinical advocacy and the Lawrence S. Greenbaum Prize for the best oral argument in the 2002 Harlan Fiske Stone Moot Court Competition. After earning her degree, Professor Carter clerked for the Hon. Mark L. Wolf, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts in Boston. Professor Carter has been sought as a television commentator in the area of conflict resolution, with appearances on MSNBC’s Hardball and the CBS Early Show. Her first book, Ask for More: Ten Questions to Negotiate Anything, will be published by Simon & Schuster in May 2020.