Willard Carr received his undergraduate degree from Purdue University and his law degree from Indiana Law in 1950, where he was an editor of the Indiana Law Journal. Following graduation, Willard served as a Captain in the Judge Advocate General’s Department, United States Air Force. In 1952, he joined the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, serving on the executive committee and since his retirement in 1994 as advisory counsel.
Carr is an internationally recognized expert on employment law and labor relations and the author of numerous publications. He was chairman of the California Chamber of Commerce and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, is chairman of the Labor and Employment Law Practice Group of the Federalist Society, and has chaired committees for the International and American Bar Associations. He is a founding trustee of the Police Memorial Foundation and the Pacific Legal Foundation, a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and a Fellow Emeritus of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. His civic and philanthropic activities include leadership positions with the American Red Cross, United Way, California State Parks Foundation, and the California World Trade Commission. He serves on the Board of Visitors for Indiana Law, is a member of the Academy of Law Alumni Fellows and was a 1999 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Service Award from Indiana University.
Margaret Carr has served on the board of directors of numerous community organizations including: USC’s Pacific Center for Bioethics, the Salvation Army Youth Center, the Junior League of Los Angeles, the American Red Cross, and Hollygrove Home for Children. She is a founding board member of the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation. Carr was the first woman to serve as Foreman of the Los Angeles County Grand Jury and as Commissioner of the Los Angeles County Board of Parole. She served as Chief of Protocol for the County of Los Angeles from 1983 to 1985, during which time she was responsible for overseeing protocol for the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Prior to establishing the Labor and Employment Law Professorship, the Carrs sponsored a lecture series at the Law School. The Willard and Margaret Carr Professorship was established in 1999.