Justice Carter, served on the Iowa Supreme Court from 1982 until his retirement in 2006.
Justice Carter was born in Waverly and spent his childhood in Clarksville. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa in 1956 and his law degree from the Univeristy of Iowa College of Law in 1960. During law school, he served on the Iowa Law Review as Notes Editor. He graduated from law school, Order of Coif.
Following graduation, he was a law clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Henry N. Graven. Judge Carter worked in private practice in Cedar Rapids. He served as a district court judge from 1973 to 1976. In 1976, he was appointed to the Iowa Court of Appeals where he served until his appointment to the Iowa Supreme Court.