A 1979 graduate of Rutgers Law School in Camden, Don was working as a litigation associate for one of the oldest and most venerable law firms in Chicago when, in 1986, he volunteered to serve as a pro bono attorney for the American Bar Association’s Death Penalty Representation Project. Don was assigned to represent Tommy Hamilton, who at the age of 20, shot and killed his boss in Alabama and was sentenced to death. Summary Judgment is a firsthand account of Don’s efforts to save Tommy’s life.
Topics include: Capital Punishment, Death Penalty, Death Penalty Representation Project, Donald Cameron Clarke Jr., Rutgers Law School.
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Donald Cameron Clark Jr.’s legal practice focuses on high-stakes trials and religious liberty jurisprudence. He established the constitutional right of clergy to solemnize same-sex marriages in North Carolina and reversed the conviction of an Alabama death row inmate. Don began his professional career as a trial attorney at some of Chicago’s most venerable law firms. He also became the general counsel for the United Church of Christ. A graduate of Rutgers Law School, Clark received its Distinguished Alumni Award and was recognized among “Rutgers–Camden’s Finest.” He also authored a cover story in the Christian Century, law journal articles, and countless legal briefs and debated First Amendment issues at the Vail Symposium. Now he is the author of the book Summary Judgement.