William G. Carter is a fifth-generation Oregonian. He grew up in the Rogue Valley and graduated from Medford High School in 1958. He attended the University of Oregon, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in 1962 and his J. D. degree in 1965.

He was a prosecutor in Douglas County for three years and then engaged in a general trial practice in Medford. He has served as Medford’s municipal judge, done legal work for the cities of Ashland, Central Point and Gold Hill, represented State Farm Insurance Company in auto claims for a number of years, and engaged in an extensive family law practice. He served as a judge pro tem on the Jackson County Circuit Court for several years. He then engaged in a mediation and arbitration practice for a number of years prior to his full retirement.

He has been active in bar association matters, and has served:

  • As President of the Jackson County (Oregon) bar association.

  • On the State Professional Responsibility Board (1993-95, Chair 1995)

  • On the Minimum Continuation Legal Education Board (1995-97, Chair 1997)

  • On the Disciplinary Board of the Oregon State Bar (1998-2000, Regional Chair 2000)

  • On the Oregon State Bar Board of Governors (2000-2004)

  • As President of the Oregon State Bar (2004)

  • On the Oregon State Bar House of Delegates (2005-07)

  • On the Professional Liability Fund Board of Directors (2008-2012, Chair 2012)

He and his wife, Barbara, have two children: Elizabeth, who lives in Eugene, and Andrew, who lives in Lake Oswego, and two grandchildren, Katherine and Emma. His brother, Robert A. Carter, obtained his law degree from Yale University and was for many years a professor of law at Rutgers Law School in New Jersey.