Hon. Tom Clark

Tom Clark was born in Dallas and graduated from the University of Texas School of Law after serving in World War I. He practiced law in Dallas with his father and then joined the district attorney’s office. Later, he accepted a position with the United States Department of Justice and thereafter served as Attorney General. He then was confirmed as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States; and, during his service, he voted with the Court’s majority in the landmark case of Brown v. Board of Education. He also wrote the majority opinion in Mapp v. Ohio, which held the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizures applies to the states through the Fourteenth Amendment.

After retiring from the Supreme Court after his son was appointed Attorney General, he headed a commission of the American Bar Association to study the lawyer disciplinary system. His efforts ultimately led to the drafting of the Model Code of Professional Conduct. Justice Clark served as the first director of the Federal Judicial Center, as a visiting judge on several United States Courts of Appeals, and chair of the Board of Directors for the American Judicature Society. Justice Clark co-founded the National Judicial College and chaired the Joint Committee on the More Effective Administration of Justice.

 

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