Kristen Clarke ’00
Washington, D.C. and New York City
Kristen Clarke is the President and Executive Director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Prior to joining Lawyers' Committee she was head of the Civil Rights Bureau at the NY Attorney General's Office. She was Co-Director of the Political Participation Group at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. where she oversaw and coordinated the activities of the organization's legal program in the areas of voting rights and election law. In 2009, LDF successfully defended the Voting Rights Act against a constitutional challenge in one of the most important civil rights cases to come before the U.S. Supreme Court in recent time: Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District No. One v. Holder. That case, initiated in the D.C. District Court, involved collaboration among a number of local and national organizations.
Prior to joining LDF, Ms. Clarke worked for several years in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. She served as a trial attorney in the Voting Section of the Division and worked as a Federal Prosecutor in the Criminal Section of the Division where she handled a range of police misconduct, police brutality, hate crimes, human trafficking and obstruction matters.
Ms. Clarke writes and comments frequently on issues concerning race, law and democracy. Her latest book, Barack Obama and African American Empowerment: The Rise of Black America's New Leadership (co-edited with Dr. Manning Marable) was released by Palgrave Macmillan in the fall of 2009. Her most recent article, "The Obama Factor: The Impact of the 2008 Presidential Election on Future Voting Rights Act Litigation", appears in the 2009 issue of the Harvard Law & Policy Review.
She received her A. B. from Harvard University and her J.D. from Columbia Law School.
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