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Thomas Alonzo Clark electronic resource lawyer of the first rank (1920-2005) and papa judge
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Buck, Morison
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Judges -- Biography -- Florida -- Hillsborough County   ( lcsh )

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1 T hom a s A l onz o C l a r k: L A W Y E R O F T H E F I R S T R A N K ( 1920 2005) A N D P A P A J U D G E P hot ogr a ph C our t e s y of G a yl e M S um ne r D i l l a r d, G A I t a l l be ga n i n t he s t a t e of G e or gi a a t a pl a c e c a l l e d H a pe vi l l e a s pa r s e l y de ve l ope d c om m uni t y ( c ur r e nt popul a t i on: 6, 000 ) j us t s out h of t he G r e a t e r A t l a nt a a r e a a nd ha r d by F or t M c P he r s on, G e or gi a G e o r gi a i s know n a s t he E m pi r e S t a t e of t he S out h H a pe vi l l e i nc or por a t e d i n 1891, c ove r s a n a r e a o f 2. 4 s qua r e m i l e s a nd i s pr oba bl y m os t f a m ous a s t he hom e of t he or i gi na l C hi c k F i l A r e s t a ur a nt T he s t a t e s m ot t o i s e s pe c i a l l y f i t t i ng w he n w r i t i ng a bout t he l i f e a nd c a r e e r of J udge C l a r k: W i s dom J us t i c e a nd M ode r a t i on H a pe vi l l e s popul a t i on i nc r e a s e d by one on D e c e m be r 20, 1920 w he n a n onl y s on, T hom a s A l onz o C l a r k, w a s bor n t o F r e d a nd P r ude nc e C l a r k. T om ha d one s i bl i ng a n ol de r s i s t e r P r ude nc e na m e d, of c ou r s e a f t e r hi s m ot he r J udge C l a r k w a s t he l a s t s ur vi vi ng m e m be r o f t he f a m i l y a nd f r om t he l i t t l e t ha t c a n be l e a r ne d, hi s pa r e nt s w e r e not pe opl e of a f f l ue nc e O ne o f T om s c ol l a t e r a l k i n c onf i de s t ha t F r e d C l a r k ha d a w e a kne s s f or s t r ong dr i nk a nd w a s not a t hom e du r i ng hi s s on s gr ow i ng up ye a r s O t he r s c onf i r m t ha t T o m ne ve r t a l ke d a bout hi s f a t he r I n s ha r p c ont r a s t t o hi s da ddy s l i f e s t yl e T o m t hr i c e m a r r i e d, w a s a t hor oughl y r e s pons i bl e pa r e nt t o hi s c hi l dr e n a nd s t e pc hi l dr e n. W ho c a r e s how a w r i t e r got h i s f i r s t bi c yc l e ? S u c h w a s t he r e s pons e of R a ym ond C ha ndl e r ha r d boi l e d de t e c t i ve f i c t i on w r i t e r a nd c r e a t or o f pr i va t e e ye P hi l i p

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2 M a r l ow e t o t he s ugge s t i on of hi s B r i t i s h publ i s he r t ha t he w r i t e hi s ow n l i f e s t or y. A pr oud but m ode s t m a n, T om C l a r k w oul d m os t l i k e l y ha ve di s m i s s e d a s uni m por t a nt a ny a t t e m pt t o c om pos e hi s bi og r a phy. H e w a s s e pa r a t e d f r om t he U ni t e d S t a t e s N a vy f ol l ow i ng t he S e c ond W or l d W a r i n t he r a nk of L t C om m a nde r a f t e r s e r vi c e i n t he S out hw e s t P a c i f i c B e f or e ha vi ng t o put hi s pl a ns f or gr e a t e r e duc a t i on on hol d due t o m i l i t a r y s e r vi c e T om w a s a w a r de d a B S de g r e e f r om W a s hi ngt on & L e e U ni ve r s i t y T o he l p w i t h t he c os t s of hi s c ol l e ge t r a i ni ng, T om w or ke d i n a gr oc e r y s t or e P os t w a r hi s ne xt m a j or s t e p i n t he f ul f i l l m e nt o f hi s de s t i ny a s a l a w ye r a nd l a t e r a s a f e de r a l j udge w a s e nr ol l m e nt a t t he U ni ve r s i t y of G e or g i a l a w s c hool w he r e he gr a dua t e d i n 1949 w i t h a n L L B F or s e ve r a l ye a r s a f t e r a c hi e vi ng w ha t c oul d be c a l l e d l a w ye r hood, he p r a c t i c e d l a w i n hi s a dopt e d s t a t e o f G e or gi a f i r s t a t B a i nbr i dge f r om 1949 unt i l 1955; t he n a s a pa r t ne r i n D yke s M a r s h a l l & C l a r k i n A m e r i c us 1955 1957 A r e a l a f f i ni t y f or pub l i c s e r vi c e w a s r e ve a l e d w he n he s e r ve d a t e r m i n t he G e or gi a H ous e of R e pr e s e nt a t i ve s H e a l s o s e r ve d br i e f l y but e f f e c t i ve l y a s D e c a t ur C ount y S ol i c i t or I n 1957, he m a de a c a r e e r c ha ngi ng de c i s i on t o r e l oc a t i on t o T a m pa upon be i ng r e c r ui t e d by s e ni or pa r t ne r M or r i s E W hi t e t o j oi n t he pr e s t i gi ous l a w f i r m of F ow l e r W hi t e t o do i ns ur a nc e de f e ns e T he r e he be c a m e f r i e nds w i t h P a ul S a a d, a s pe c i a l i s t i n l a bor l a w I t w a s but a f e w s hor t ye a r s unt i l bot h C l a r k a nd S a a d c hos e t o m ove dow n t he s t r e e t f r om t he F ow l e r W hi t e he a dqua r t e r s i n t he C i t i z e n s B ui l di ng t o be c om e a s s oc i a t e d w i t h M a br y R e a ve s C a r l t on, a not he r ol d f i r m i n T a m pa of g r e a t r e put a t i on ( now C a r l t on F i e l ds ) T om C l a r k s t a l e nt s a s a t r i a l l a w ye r qui c kl y be c a m e e vi de nt a nd i t w a s not l ong be f or e he be c a m e s e ni or a t t o r ne y i n t he f i r m s l i t i g a t i on de pa r t m e nt I n t ha t c a pa c i t y he be c a m e c l os e l y i de nt i f i e d w i t h a vi r t ua l ga l a xy of pr of e s s i ona l s w ho w e r e a l s o l e a de r s i n B a r a c t i vi t i e s l oc a l s t a t e a nd na t i ona l ; pe opl e l i ke R e e c e S m i t h, L e ona r d H G i l be r t S yl vi a W a l bol t B r oa ddus L i vi ngs t on, T o m I c a r d a nd ot he r s i nc l udi ng E dw a r d I C ut l e r T he l a t t e r l a t e r m ove d t o M i a m i a nd hi s obi t ua r y a ppe a r e d i n T he T am pa T r i bune on O c t obe r 9, 2006 dur i ng t he p r e pa r a t i on o f t hi s s t or y. C a r l t on F i e l ds ha s e xt e nde d i t s i nf l ue nc e by ope ni ng o f f i c e s i n O r l a ndo, M i a m i S t P e t e r s bur g T a l l a ha s s e e W e s t P a l m B e a c h a nd A t l a nt a I t i s j us t c oi nc i de nc e no doubt but M e s s r s C l a r k a nd C ut l e r c a m e w i t h t he f i r m i n t he ye a r 1961 M or e ove r L e ona r d G i l be r t a l s o be c a m e a s s oc i a t e d t ha t ye a r T om C l a r k s di l i ge nt w or k i n t he f i r m w a s i n l a r ge m e a s ur e a m a j o r f a c t or i n t he f i r m s g r ow t h a nd s uc c e s s dur i ng t he 18 ye a r s of h i s c onne c t i on w i t h i t T om C l a r k w a s not onl y a gi f t e d l a w ye r but a m e nt or t o o t he r s i n h i s l a w f i r m a nd l a t e r t hos e w ho a s s i s t e d hi m i n s om e s i gni f i c a nt w a y dur i ng hi s t e nur e on t he f e de r a l a ppe a l s c our t O ne of t he f o r m e r g r oup w ho i s s t i l l w i t h C a r l t on F i e l ds a f or m i da bl e a t t or ne y a s w e l l a s be i ng a f i ne l a dy i s S yl vi a W a l bol t A bout he r a s s oc i a t i on w i t h T om C l a r k, s he r e l a t e s :

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3 I c oul d w r i t e a nov e l on T om C l ar k I hav e s o m an y m e m or i e s of hi m O ne of m y e ar l i e s t m e m or i e s i s as a y oung l aw y e r be i ng t ol d by T om C l ar k t hat our f i r m s l e t t e r w as al w ay s t he l as t l e t t e r i n t he f i l e I s t i l l f ol l ow t hat r ul e i n m y pr ac t i c e ov e r 40 y e ar s l at e r Som e t hi ng of t he t y pe of pe r s on T om C l ar k w as i s de m ons t r at e d by a gi f t he r e c e i v e d f r om an i ndi v i dual c l i e nt he r e pr e s e nt e d on a pr o bono b as i s W he n he w on t he c as e f or he r s he c r af t e d a pai nt e d por c e l ai n t i ge r t hat w as qui t e l ar ge and qui t e ugl y H e none t he l e s s k e pt i t i n a pl ac e of honor i n hi s of f i c e r at he r t han s i m pl y t os s i t as m any pe opl e w oul d hav e done I w or k e d w i t h T om C l ar k on t he f i r s t ai r por t i nv e r s e c onde m nat i on c as e i n F l or i da, w hi c h he t ook on a c ont i nge nc y bas i s and w e w on i t m ak i ng s om e l aw i n F l or i da. T om w or k e d w i t h m e w as as a w om an l aw y e r bac k i n t he day w he n ot he r bi g f i r m s w e r e not i nt e r e s t e d i n hav i ng a w om an l aw y e r I n f ac t he w as i ns t r um e nt al i n as s ur i ng t hat I w as hi r e d, de s pi t e m y s e x T he r e af t e r he m e nt or e d m e l ong be f or e any one t al k e d about m e nt or i ng y oung l aw y e r s H e t r ul y w as a c ons um m at e pr of e s s i onal and I l e ar ne d m uc h at hi s f e e t A s an appe l l at e j ud ge on t he E l e v e nt h C i r c ui t he agoni z e d ov e r de at h pe nal t y c as e s I k now he w as happy t o go on s e ni or s t at us and c e as e agoni z i ng ov e r t hos e de c i s i ons T hank y ou f or doi ng t hi s ar t i c l e and hope t he s e r e m i ni s c e nc e s ar e of s om e he l p t o y ou. W i t h v e r y be s t w i s he s V e r y t r ul y y our s Sy l v i a H W al bol t B e f or e a dopt i ng t he a bb r e vi a t e d na m e of C a r l t on F i e l ds i n 2001, t he f i r m s na m e w a s C a r l t on, F i e l ds W a r d, E m m a nue l S m i t h a nd C ut l e r W m R e e s e S m i t h t he S m i t h i n t he t i t l e w e nt w i t h t h e f i r m i n 1953. R e e c e a s he i s know n t o f r i e nds a nd c ol l e a gue s i s now i t s ol de s t l i vi ng pa r t ne r R e e c e onc e de s c r i be d by a l a dy m e m be r o f t he l oc a l B a r A s s oc i a t i on a s a r e na i s s a nc e m a n, t e a c he s l a w f r om t i m e t o t i m e i n a ddi t i on t o pr a c t i c i ng i t H e ha s be e n s ur f e i t e d w i t h honor s by t he pr o f e s s i on, ha vi ng s e r ve d a s P r e s i de nt of t he l oc a l F l or i da a nd A m e r i c a n B a r A s s oc i a t i ons H i s l a w f i r m by t he w a y ha s a c om bi ne d m e m be r s hi p of 290 l a w ye r s a s of S e pt 30 2006 j us t i n t he T a m pa of f i c e R e e c e pr e s e nt e d a be a ut i f ul l y e voc a t i ve t r i but e t o hi s f r i e nd, J udge T hos A C l a r k a t a m e m or i a l s e r vi c e i n D e c a t ur G e or gi a on S e pt 25, 2005. I t i s r e pr i nt e d i n f ul l a s f ol l ow s : T om C l ar k e m bodi e d t he c ar di nal pr i nc i pl e s of pr o f e s s i onal i s m i n t he l aw H e s t ood t al l f or t he 3 C s C har ac t e r C om pe t e nc e and C om m i t m e nt A nd he e nj oy e d

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4 s uc c e s s i n e ac h of hi s pr of e s s i onal e nde av or s pr a c t i c i ng l aw y e r l e gi s l at or pr os e c ut or and j udge of one of t he hi ghe s t c our t s i n t he l and. I k ne w T om be s t as a l aw y e r W h e n w e f i r s t m e t i n T am pa, F l or i da he had al r e ady pr ac t i c e d i n B ai nbr i dge and A m e r i c us and s e r v e d as w e l l as a pr os e c ut or and l e gi s l at or I k ne w hi m i ni t i a l l y as oppos i ng c ouns e l w he n w e c om m e nc e d t r y i ng c as e s agai ns t one anot he r T om w as an ab l e t r i al l a w y e r pr e par e d, aggr e s s i v e but al w ay s c our t e ous and r e l i abl e ; hi s w or d w as a good as go l d. H e w as r e s our c e f ul t oo. T hat r e s ou r c e f ul ne s s w as ne v e r m or e appar e nt t han w he n he got hi s f i r s t T am pa j ob he c am e t o T am pa t o be an A dm i r al t y l aw y e r e v e n t hough b ot h B ai nbr i dge and A m e r i c us w e r e and s t i l l ar e a bi t s hor t of s hi ps and w at e r t o f l oat t he m i n. Se v e r al y e ar s l at e r he l e f t hi s adm i r al t y j ob t o j o i n t he f i r m of w hi c h I w as and s t i l l am a m e m be r W e be c am e par t ne r s and f r i e nds and w or k e d c l os e l y t og e t he r t he r e af t e r f or ov e r 15 y e ar s unt i l he l e f t t o be c om e a f e de r al j udge ( I had t he hi gh honor of s pe ak i ng at hi s i nv e s t i t ur e i n N ov e m be r 1979) T om and I w e r e t he f i r m s s e ni or l i t i gat or s and w e w e r e v e r y bus y as t he f i r m gr e w T om t r i e d v al i ant l y t o ge t hi m s e l f and a l l of us be t t e r or gani z e d and he s oon had t he f i r m s t r i al w or k di v i de d i nt o a T r i al D e par t m e nt and a L i t i gat i on D e par t m e nt T hat s ubt l e di s t i nc t i on t e nde d t o pe r pl e x t hos e w ho pr e f e r r e d or gani z at i onal c har t s t o be s om e t hi ng l e s s t han am bi guous but T om f e l t t he r e w as a c l e ar l i ne of de m ar c at i on. T om s gr oup t r i e d t he s hor t e r hi gh v ol um e j ur y t r i al s M i ne be c am e i nc r e as i ngl y i nv ol v e d i n pr ot r ac t e d m at t e r s T om s or gani z at i o n pr ow e s s w a s al s o r e f l e c t e d i n t he s y s t e m he de v i s e d f or hi s T r i al D e par t m e nt m ai l i t w as t o be r e c e i v e d and l ogge d by one pe r s on be f or e be i ng di s t r i but e d t o t he appr opr i at e l aw y e r I am t ol d t he s y s t e m w as s o e l abor at e i t w as i m pos s i bl e t o c om pl y w i t h i n f u l l de t ai l B ut ne v e r t he l e s s s om e how i t w or k e d. T om s oon be c am e e nor m ous l y popul ar i n our f i r m as he w as al r e ady at t he bar i n T am pa. T he f i r m w as gr ow i ng and T om par t i c i pat e d f ul l y i n i t s ac t i v i t i e s W he n he j oi ne d us w e had j us t c om m e nc e d ge t t i ng t oge t he r f or an annual dov e s hoot T om w as f r om G e or gi a and had a s hot gun H e j oi ne d i n as di d anot he r ne w par t ne r C ut l e r w ho w as f r om P hi l ade l phi a, appar e nt l y had ne v e r s e e n a s hot gun and c am e t o t he hunt w e ar i ng y e l l ow s l ac k s br ow n and w hi t e s hoe s and a w hi t e pol o s hi r t R e t ur ni ng t o our c ar s af t e r t he h unt be l i e v i ng al l guns t o be unl oa de d T om w as w al k i ng ahe ad of C ut l e r w he n t he gr oup ac c i de nt al l y f l us he d a c ov e y of quai l K a B oom C ut l e r s t ar t e d s hoot i ng f r om hi s hi p v e r y c l os e t o T om s r e ar e nd. T he r e af t e r T om di dn t go on t he hunt agai n al t hou gh he ge ne r ous l y of f e r e d t o l e nd hi s g un t o ot he r s T hi s i s not t o s ay how e v e r t hat T om w as n t a s por t s m an. T om t r i e d s ai l i ng and l i k e d i t A bout t hat t i m e a y oung as s oc i at e i nhe r i t e d s om e m one y and bought a s ai l boat w hi c h he w as t o pi c k up on t he A t l ant i c c oas t and s ai l t o T am pa. T om w as i nv i t e d t o go al ong t oge t he r w i t h a y oung par t ne r nam e d M c G o w an, w ho w as an e x pe r i e nc e d s ai l or T he w e at he r w as good as t he y s ai l e d f or t h and t he y de c i de d t o go i nt o ope n w at e r out s i de t he i nl and w at e r w ay T ak i ng s hi f t s s om e o ne w ok e M c G ow an l at e at n i ght t o t ak e

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5 t he he l m f r om T om U s i ng a s e x t ant M c G ow an pr om pt l y di s c ov e r e d t he y w e r e m i l e s of f c our s e and w e l l on t he w ay t o A f r i c a. T om I t hi nk w as t he n pe r s uade d t o gi v e up de e p w at e r c r ui s i ng. B ut i f T om e nc ount e r e d a f e w c om pl i c at i ons i n hi s out door s e nde av or s he e nj oy e d t he af f e c t i on and r e s pe c t of e v e r y m e m be r of t he f i r m l aw y e r and s t af f al i k e H e w as t he i de al par t ne r not onl y be c aus e of hi s v e r y c ons i de r abl e l e gal abi l i t y but be c aus e he put ot he r s f i r s t H e w as a s pl e ndi d m e nt or w ho w as al w ay s w i l l i ng t o he l p t he y oung l aw y e r s w i t h pe r s onal as w e l l as l e gal pr obl e m s H e w as t he pe r f e c t R ol e M ode l f or w hat a r e al l aw y e r s houl d be and he w as t he F at he r C onf e s s or of t he f i r m al w ay s av ai l abl e t o he l p y ou w i t h y our pr obl e m or i f y ou di dn t k now y ou had one he he l pe d y ou f i nd i t T om C l ar k w or k e d har d bot h i n t he pr ac t i c e of l aw and i n f ur t he r anc e of t he pr i nc i pl e s i n w hi c h he be l i e v e d. H e w as i ns t r um e nt al i n our i ni t i al e m pl oy m e nt o f f e m al e l a w y e r s and l aw y e r s of c ol or A nd, w he n w e hi r e d a br i l l i ant y oung m an w i t h l ong hai r a pony t ai l and s om e out o f t he box i de as T om pr om pt l y t ook hi m t o a bar as s oc i at i on m e e t i ng w he r e s om e body obs e r v e d i n a l oud w hi s pe r H ot D am n, T om s got hi m s e l f a hi ppy now T om C l ar k s t ood f or t ol e r anc e f ai r ne s s and j us t i c e H e had an abi di ng c onc e r n f or t he unde r dog. H e had t he c our age of hi s c onv i c t i ons and qui e t l y s ought t o adv anc e t he m H e had t he 3 C s C har ac t e r gr e at m or al c our age unbe ndi ng i nt e g r i t y and an al l r ound ni c e guy C om pe t e nc e a f i r s t r at e t r i al l aw y e r and a s ound l e gal s c hol ar C om m i t m e nt i n pr ac t i c e and i n t he ac t i v i t i e s of t he or gani z e d bar al w ay s s us t ai ni ng and adv anc i ng t he publ i c good. W e hav e l os t a f i ne l aw y e r and a f i ne m an W e ha v e l os t a s hi ni ng e x am pl e of t he 3 C s of P r of e s s i onal i s m W e hav e l os t a f r i e nd w ho gav e t r ue m e ani ng t o t h e t e r m G e nt l e M an. L e ona r d H G i l be r t a di s t i ngui s he d l a w ye r i n hi s o w n r i ght now a s s oc i a t e d w i t h H ol l a nd a nd K ni ght i n T a m pa e xpr e s s e s s om e w i de r a ngi ng t hought s a bout T om C l a r k s c ha r a c t e r a nd l e ga l a bi l i t y a s f ol l ow s : I am happy t o s har e s om e t hought s about T om C l a r k H e w as a gr e at pe r s on and v e r y t hought f ul of t he ne e ds and c onc e r ns of ot he r s and at t he s am e t i m e a v e r y e x c e l l e nt t r i al l aw y e r I j oi ne d M abr y R e av e s C ar l t on F i e l ds & W ar d i n M ay of 1961 T om w as not t he r e but I t hi nk he w as at F ow l e r W h i t e at t hat t i m e I n t he F al l of t ha t y e ar I t ook of f

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6 s i x m ont hs ac t i v e dut y and w he n I r e t ur ne d i n F e b r uar y i n 1962, I s t i l l do not t hi nk T om w as t he r e E d C ut l e r and P aul Saad c am e i n t hat y e ar and I t hi nk P aul hav i ng be e n at F ow l e r W hi t e w as t he i ns t i gat or of br i ngi ng T om C l ar k ov e r pr obabl y t he f i r s t par t of 1963. T he s t or y I r e m e m be r w as t hat T om w as a v e r y go od t r i al l aw y e r and t hat M or r i s W hi t e had s ought hi m t o c om e t o T am pa t o do t he w or k f or t he Se aboar d C oas t L i ne R ai l w ay w hi c h w as a b i g c l i e nt of F ow l e r W hi t e A s t he s t or y w e nt T om di d not ge t al ong w i t h M or r i s ( t he y w e r e pr obabl y t w o v e r y s t r ong c har ac t e r s ) and s o T om w as pe r s uade d t o j oi n M abr y R e av e s A t s om e poi nt t h e t r i al l aw y e r s and t r i al w or k w as di v i de d i nt o t w o gr oups s hor t l y af t e r M abr y R e av e s c hange d i t s nam e t o C ar l t on F i e l ds T om he ade d up one gr oup and R e e c e he ade d up t h e ot he r M os t of t he pe r s onal i nj ur y and i ns ur anc e de f e ns e w or k w as i n T om s gr oup, a l t hough he di d a l ot of ot he r l i t i gat i on as w e l l I s pe c i f i c al l y r e c al l T om he l pi ng m e w i t h m y f i r s t l ar ge c i v i l j ur y t r i al i n f e de r al c our t w hi c h t ook pl ac e be f or e J udge G e or ge C Y oung i n O r l ando. I t w as i n t he m i d 60 s and I had pr e par e d t he c as e f or t r i al and as k e d T om t o c om e ov e r and he l p m e pi c k t he j ur y T he c as e l as t e d about t e n day s and T om w as v e r y he l pf ul and i ns t r uc t i v e t o m e T om had an ol d bl ue C he v r ol e t s t at i on w agon and on m any day s w he n he w as not i n t r i al he w oul d gat he r up a gr oup i n t he of f i c e ; w e w oul d al l pi l e i nt o t he s t at i on w agon and he ad of f t o Y bor C i t y or s om e ot he r r e s t aur ant aw ay f r om t he dow nt ow n ar e a f or a good m e al and l o t s of l aughs O f c our s e w e t ook our l i v e s i n our hands r i di ng w i t h T om s i nc e i t w as not hi ng f or hi m t o be dr i v i ng and f ac i ng t he bac k s e at e ngage d i n a v e r y l i v e l y c onv e r s at i on w i t h t he pe opl e s e at e d t he r e B e f or e c om i ng t o T am pa T om had done a l ot of t h i ngs H e had at t e n de d W as hi ngt on & L e e s e r v e d i n t he U S. N av y and t h e n obt ai ne d hi s l aw de gr e e f r om t he U ni v e r s i t y of G e or gi a. M y r e c ol l e c t i on i s t ha t be f or e c om i ng t o T am pa, he w as pr ac t i c i ng l aw i n B ai nbr i dge G e or gi a; s e r v e d i n t he G e or gi a St at e H ous e of R e pr e s e nt at i v e s and had done a l o t of ot he r pol i t i c al t hi ngs i n Sout h G e or gi a. T he r e w as no k i nd of l e gal w or k t hat T om w oul d n ot unde r t ak e i f he c oul d he l p s om e one A t s om e poi nt i t w as s ugge s t e d t o hi m t h at pe r haps he s houl d not be dr aw i ng w i l l s but he r e j e c t e d t hat i de a out of hand. A f t e r al l he w as a l aw y e r T om l i k e d s ai l i ng and ac qui r e d a day s ai l or ( s m al l s ai l boat ) and w he n he f ound t he t i m e he l ov e d t o be out on hi s boat H e w as m os t c ol l e gi al and w as al w ay s w or r i e d about t he y ounge r l aw y e r s i n t he f i r m and t hat pe o pl e s houl d be t r e at e d f ai r l y H e of t e n had pe opl e ov e r t o hi s hom e w he r e he w oul d c ook a m e al I r e m e m be r s i t t i ng ar ound hi s k i t c he n i n t he i r hom e i n H y de P ar k w he r e T om w a s r oas t i ng oy s t e r s i n t he ov e n and w he r e w e w e r e e at i ng t he m as f a s t as t he y c am e ou t of t he ov e n. W e al l t hought T om had a f i ne l e gal m i nd and s ought hi m out on di f f i c ul t c as e s

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7 T om w as al s o a pe r s on w ho w e nt out of hi s w ay t o unde r t ak e r e pr e s e nt at i on of unpopul ar c aus e s or unpopul ar pe r s on s W he n an A f r i c an A m e r i c an l aw y e r f r om H i l l s bor ough C ount y w as c har ge d w i t h m i s c onduc t i n a c ount y nor t h of T am pa, T om unde r t ook hi s r e pr e s e nt at i on ( and s uc c e s s f ul l y as I r e c al l ) but al s o t ook hi m t o di nne r i n a popul ar r e s t aur ant i n t hat c i t y w he r e t he pr e s e nc e of A f r i c an A m e r i c ans w as not t he us ual L i k e w i s e w he n t he f i r m hi r e d i t s f i r s t A f r i c an A m e r i c an l aw y e r ; T om t ook h i m t o l unc h at t he U ni v e r s i t y C l ub on t he f i r s t day T om w as al w ay s a c ouns e l or at t he f i r m A ny body and e v e r y body w ho had pr obl e m s s har e d t he m w i t h T o m and r e l i e d on hi s good adv i c e A t t he e nd of t he t e r m of of f i c e of P r e s i de nt C ar t e r t he r e w e r e s e v e r al appoi nt m e nt s av ai l abl e t o t he F i f t h C i r c ui t C our t o f A ppe al s ( t he E l e v e nt h C i r c ui t had y e t t o be c r e at e d) M y r e c ol l e c t i ons i s t hat J udge J oe H at c he t t r e c e i v e d one of t hos e appoi nt m e nt s and J udge P hy l l i s K r av i t c h, a St at e C our t J udge i n Sout h G e or gi a, r e c e i v e d t he s e c ond one T he r e r e m ai ne d one m or e and t he r e w as an ope n c om pe t i t i on be t w e e n T om and J udge L ar r y K i ng of t he U S D i s t r i c t C our t i n M i am i I t w as a c l os e r ac e B ot h J udge K i ng and T om had s t r ong s uppor t e r s f r om G e o r gi a i n t he i r r e s pe c t i v e c or ne r s I n t he e nd, of c our s e T om w as s uc c e s s f ul H e m ai nt ai ne d hi s o f f i c e he r e i n t he F e de r al B ui l di ng i n T am pa but s ubs e que nt l y ( pe r haps af t e r t he E l e v e nt h C i r c ui t w as c r e at e d) ; he m ov e d hi s of f i c e t o A t l ant a. J e an and I w oul d s e e T om and B e t t y at t he v ar i ous E l e v e nt h C i r c ui t gat he r i ngs and w he n w e v i s i t e d i n A t l ant a I t hi nk t he y w e r e bot h happy t he r e al t hough T om m i s s e d hi s m any f r i e nds i n T a m pa. L e ona r d i s a P a s t P r e s i de nt of t he H i l l s bor ough C o unt y B a r A s s oc i a t i on i n w hi c h he s e r ve d w i t h pr i de a nd di s t i nc t i on P r e c i s e l y t e n ye a r s be f or e hi s l e a vi ng T a m pa t o t a ke a ppoi nt m e nt a s a C i r c ui t C our t of A ppe a l s J udge i n A t l a nt a T om C l a r k s ought t he pr e s i de nc y of t he B a r A s s oc i a t i on. I n 1969, he a n d l a t e r J udge H a r r y R yde r c ont e nde d f or t he pos i t i on a nd t he l a t t e r w a s e l e c t e d i n w ha t D ot V i ne s t he n E xe c ut i ve S e c r e t a r y of t he A s s oc i a t i on, t ol d t hi s w r i t e r w a s ha i r r a i s i ngl y c l os e A f i ne l a w ye r T om I c a r d, w ho now he a ds up t he s t e l l a r f i r m o f I c a r d M e r r i l l C ul l i s T i m m F ur e n & G i ns bur g o f S a r a s ot a w or k e d c l os e l y w i t h C l a r k be gi nni ng i n 1973, a nd he r e c ount s s om e of hi s r e f l e c t i ons a bou t t ha t a s s oc i a t i on: T om C l ar k w as he ad of t he t r i al de par t m e nt at C ar l t on F i e l ds w he n I j oi ne d t he f i r m i n Se pt e m be r of 1973. D ur i ng t he s i x y e ar s t hat f ol l ow e d be f or e hi s e l e v at i on t o t he U ni t e d St at e s C our t of A ppe al s f or t he ol d F i f t h C i r c ui t i n 1979. I had t he e x t r aor di nar y e x pe r i e nc e of w or k i ng f or and w i t h T om T he f oc us of our pr ac t i c e at t hat t i m e w as i ns ur anc e de f e ns e w or k T om c onv e ne d w e e k l y t r i al de par t m e nt m e e t i ngs and he c ol l abor at e d r e gul ar l y w i t h e ac h of us w i t h r e s pe c t t o c as e anal y s e s di s c ov e r y pr oc e dur al and a m y r i ad of ot he r pr ac t i c e i s s ue s W e w e r e al s o af f or de d t he oppor t uni t y t o obs e r v e T om i n ac t i on i n he ar i ngs and t r i al s T he r e s ul t w as t hat I and o t he r of t he y oung l aw y e r s i n our de par t m e nt r e c e i v e d di r e c t i on and m e nt or i ng of t he v e r y hi ghe s t or de r T om e x pe c t e d and r e qui r e d e ac h of us t o m as t e r t he f ac t s and t he l aw but he al s o

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8 pl ac e d e qual e m phas i s on pr of e s s i onal i s m and i nt e gr i t y i n al l o f our de al i ngs w i t h c l i e nt s oppos i ng c ouns e l and j udge s T om w as an e x c e pt i onal l aw y e r w ho al w ay s put t h e i nt e r e s t s of c l i e nt s be f or e hi s ow n. H e w as al s o an e x c e pt i onal and c ar i ng pe r s on. T hr ough gat he r i ngs f or di nne r at hi s hom e e x c ur s i ons on T am pa B ay on T om s s ai l boat and i n c ount l e s s ot he r w ay s T om al l ow e d al l of us t o k now hi m out s i de t he w or k pl a c e A l w ay s ac c e s s i bl e s e l f de pr e c at i ng and pos s e s s e d of a gr e at s e ns e of hum or he w as al s o a m an of de e p c onv i c t i ons br oad i nt e r e s t s and unf ai l i ng c our t e s y and t hought f ul ne s s f or e v e r y one w i t h w hom he c am e i n c ont ac t A s a r e s ul t he w as bot h a bos s and a f r i e nd. A f t e r he be c am e a j udge m y w i f e and I w e r e m ar r i e d i n T om and B e t t y s hom e i n D e c at ur G e or gi a. T om of f i c i at e d O ne of t he f i r s t t hi ngs a l a w ye r f r e s h out of l a w s c hool l e a r ns i s t he va l ue of a c qui r i ng t he hi ghe s t pos s i bl e r a t i ng i n t he M a r t i nd a l e H ubbe l l D i r e c t or y. I n ot he r w or ds he qui c kl y l e a r ns hi s ( o r he r ) A B C s S pe a ki ng f r om s om e e xpe r i e nc e one s e e ks t o a t t a i n a n A ( V e r y hi gh t o pr e e m i ne nt ) or f a i l i ng t ha t a B ( H i gh t o V e r y H i gh) or i f ne c e s s a r y, s e t t l i ng f or a C ( G ood t o H i gh) A V f ol l ow i ng t he l e t t e r s i gni f i e s V e r y H i gh e t hi c a l s t a nda r ds I n t he M a r t i nda l e di r e c t or y, T om C l a r k w a s w i t h F ow l e r W hi t e i n t he ye a r s 1959 t hr ough 1961, but w a s not r a t e d. B e gi nni ng i n 1964 a nd e ve r y ye a r a f t e r w a r ds T o m got t he hi ghe s t r a t i ng of A V F r om t he o ut s e t o f hi s l e ga l c a r e e r i n T a m pa he w a s a l w a ys bus y. T he ye a r he l e f t p r a c t i c e t o be c om e a f e de r a l C i r c ui t J udge M a r t i nda l e l i s t e d h i m a s C ha i r m a n, T r i a l L a w ye r s S e c t i on, 1971 1972; C om m i t t e e on t he M e nt a l l y D i s a bl e d, 1977 e t s e q. M e m be r I nt e r na t i ona l A s s oc i a t i on of I ns ur a nc e C ouns e l a nd F e l l ow A m e r i c a n C ol l e ge of T r i a l L a w ye r s A s i ndi c a t e d pr e vi ous l y, hi s dut i e s a t M a br y R e a ve s ( C a r l t on F i e l ds ) w e r e a s t r i a l c ouns e l i n i ns ur a nc e de f e ns e i n a l l c our t s J ohn F G e r m a ny e m i ne nt T a m pa a t t o r ne y a nd f or m e r C i r c ui t J udge now a s s oc i a t e d w i t h H ol l a nd & K ni ght s pe a ks of hi s f i r s t e nc ount e r w i t h T om C l a r k: T om C l ar k c am e t o T am pa i n t he e ar l y 1960 s t o p r ac t i c e w he n I w as a C i r c ui t J udge H e c am e f r om G e or gi a w he r e he had be e n i nv ol v e d as a pr os e c ut or I t i s m y r e c ol l e c t i on t hat he w as i ni t i al l y w i t h t he F ow l e r W hi t e f i r m D ur i ng t hi s t i m e I had t he f i r s t de gr e e m ur de r t r i al as s i gne d t o m e w hi c h i nv ol v e d s om e pr om i ne nt r e s i de nt s of t he c ount y T he de f e ndant w ho w as an i t i ne r ant pi ano pl ay e r had n o f unds t o hi r e a l aw y e r f or hi s de f e ns e I f i r s t as s i gne d J ohn P ar k hi l l t o r e pr e s e nt hi m and t o as s i s t I c hos e t hi s ne w l aw y e r f r om G e or gi a, T om C l ar k A t t he t r i al t he bur de n of t he de f e ns e w as c ar r i e d by C l ar k and t he j ur y br ought i n a v e r di c t of s e c ond de gr e e m ur de r r at he r t han f i r s t de gr e e C l ar k be i ng de l i ght e d w i t h t he v e r di c t r us he d t o t he de f e ndant and as k e d hi m w hat he t hought of t he de f e ns e T he de f e ndant r e pl i e d t hat i t w as pr i s t i ne

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9 C l ar k s ai d t hat he had t o r us h t o t he di c t i onar y t o f i nd out w hat k i nd of de f e ns e he had pr e s e nt e d. O ne of hi s c l os e s t a s s oc i a t e s a t C a r l t on F i e l ds w a s A B r oa ddus L i vi ngs t on of T a m pa T he y f or m e d a s m oot h w or ki ng t e a m a s t r i a l l a w ye r s a nd w or ke d t oge t he r ove r m a ny ye a r s i n num e r ous c a s e s B r oa ddus r e m e m b e r s t ha t T om C l a r k t ho r oughl y e nj oye d hi s f r e que nt t r i ps t o t he c our t hous e w he t he r i t w a s f or a r gum e nt s on pl e a di ngs or t r i a l s C l a r k, w a s a l w a ys r e a dy, w i l l i ng a nd e a ge r t o he a r ot he r pe r s on s pr obl e m s a nd t o he l p i f he c oul d. B r oa ddus i s a s t or e ho us e of know l e dge a bout J udge C l a r k s pe r s ona l l i f e hi s m a r r i a ge s a nd f a m i l i e s L i vi ngs t on w a s a n e xpe r i e nc e d a nd s ki l l e d a dvoc a t e w ho i s now r e t i r e d a nd l i vi ng i n T a m pa w i t h hi s w i f e A nn A l i c e K N e l s on i s a n ou t s t a ndi ng l a w ye r w i t h a hi ghl y de ve l ope d s oc i a l c ons c i e nc e a nd r e a l s e ns i t i vi t y t o t he c i vi l r i ght s o f t he l ow e r s t r a t a of s oc i e t y. S he m a i nt a i ns a hom e i n T a m pa but i s a n a t t o r ne y w i t h S out he r n L e ga l C ouns e l I nc of G a i ne s vi l l e F l or i da S he ha s s ubs t a nt i a l m e m or i e s r e ga r di ng he r hi s t or y o f pr o f e s s i ona l e xpe r i e nc e s w i t h J udge C l a r k, but s pa c e l i m i t a t i on s a l l ow onl y a f e w of t he m a s f ol l ow s : I had t he honor of s e r v i ng as one of J udge C l ar k s f i r s t t hr e e l aw c l e r k s be gi nni ng upon hi s e l e v at i on t o t he be nc h i n N ov e m be r 1979. I al s o had t he honor of s pe ak i ng at hi s f une r al i n Se pt e m be r 2005. H e e m phas i z e d t o al l t he ne c e s s i t y of ac t ual l y t h i n k i ng. H e f r e que nt l y r e m i nde d us t hat one s houl d t ak e t i m e t o l ook out t he w i ndo w and t hi nk W ho c oul d f or ge t hi s w ar m s m i l e and hi s gl e am i ng e y e s be hi nd hi s w i de bl ac k f r am e gl as s e s w i t h hi s pr om i ne nt bus hy e y e br ow s ? I nde e d, at one c l e r k r e uni on s om e gags t e r pr e s e nt e d us al l w i t h box e s f r om one of A t l ant a s f av or i t e f as t f ood t y pe r e s t aur ant s ( al s o a f av or i t e of t he J udge s ) f i l l e d w i t h gag gi f t s i nc l u di ng pai r s of f ak e gl as s e s pas t e d ov e r w i t h c ot t on e y e br ow s T he J udge t ook i t al l i n good s t r i de H e w as t he s am e m an af t e r hi s e l e v at i on t o t he be nc h as be f or e a m an c om pl e t e l y l ac k i ng i n pr e t e ns i on. I nde e d, I w as ge nt l y r e buk e d onc e w he n he t ook m e t o di nne r al ong w i t h hi s w i f e B e t t y and hi s s i s t e r ( w hos e nam e I now f or ge t be c aus e he r nam e i n t he s out he r n t r adi t i on w as Si s t e r ) and I had m ade t he r e s e r v at i on i n hi s nam e W hi l e w or k i ng i n T am pa one of hi s f av or i t e l unc h pl ac e s r e m ai ne d t he c af e t e r i a i n t he ol d F l ags hi p B ank bu i l di ng and s m al l hol e i n w al l r e s t aur ant s s c at t e r e d ar ound dow nt ow n. T hi s s c r i be i s i nde bt e d t o a l l t hos e w ho pr ovi de d h e l pf ul pe r t i ne nt i nf or m a t i on a bout t he l i f e a nd c a r e e r of T om C l a r k O ne of t ha t num be r i s G a yl e M S u m n e r o f D i l l a r d, G e or g i a G a yl e w a s J udge C l a r k s j udi c i a l a s s i s t a nt f r om 1981 1999 ( ye a r he r e t i r e d f r om j ud i c i a l s e r vi c e ) J udge C l a r k s i ni t i a l a ppoi nt m e nt w a s t o t he F i f t h U S C our t o f A ppe a l s i n N e w O r l e a ns i n 1979. W he n t he 5 t h C i r c ui t C our t w a s s pl i t s o t o s pe a k, he w a s a ppoi nt e d t o t he ne w l y c r e a t e d 11 t h C i r c ui t C our t ba s e d i n A t l a nt a i n 1981 T he n, he s e r ve d a c t i ve l y unt i l 1991, a nd t he r e a f t e r a s a s e ni or j udge unt i l hi s r e t i r e m e nt

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10 H on. V i c t or W e hl e t he l a t e w e l l know n P i ne l l a s C i r c ui t J u dge ( w ho not i nf r e que nt l y c a m e t o T a m pa t o pr e s i de a s a nd w he n ne e de d) w a s quot e d m a ny ye a r s a go a s s a yi ng: T r i a l j udge s s i gn o r de r s ; a ppe l l a t e j udg e s w r i t e opi ni ons O ve r t he ye a r s J udge T om C l a r k w a s pr oba bl y one o f t he m os t pr ol i f i c w r i t e r s of op i ni ons i n t he 11 t h C i r c ui t F ol l ow i ng hi s de a t h, a n a r t i c l e a ppe a r e d i n t he A t l a nt a J our na l C ons t i t ut i on c a l l i ng hi m t he G r e a t D i s s e nt e r A s of t e n a s not he w r ot e f o r t he m a j or i t y of t he C our t F or e xa m pl e i n 1993 he a ut hor e d a 28 pa g e de c i s i on a s s e n i or j udge i n w hi c h he ove r t ur ne d a f or m ul a f or s c hool de s e gr e ga t i on a ppr ove d by t he D i s t r i c t C our t i n T a m pa T he l ow e r c ou r t w a s c r i t i c i z e d f or c ons i de r i ng c om m uni c a t i ons f r om i ndi vi dua l s a nd c om m uni t y gr oups i n r e a c hi ng hi s de c i s i on t o a ppr ove t he pl a n p r opos e d by t he s c hool boa r d i n P o l k C ount y. J udge C l a r k e ve r on t he a l e r t t o f ol l ow t he l a w s e nt t he c a s e ba c k t o t he l ow e r c our t t o dr a w up a ne w pl a n t ha t w oul d br i ng a l l of t he s c hool s i nt o c l os e r r a c i a l ba l a nc e W i l l i a m M a xw e l l e di t or w r i t e r of t he N e w Y or ke r s a i d, E i t he r you r e t i r e f r om l i f e or you a dva nc e t o m e e t i t T om C l a r k ne ve r r e t i r e d f r om l i f e but c ont i nue d t o a dva nc e a s a de di c a t e d s e r va nt of t he l a w unt i l a f t e r a n e xt e nde d i l l ne s s hi s de a t h a t 84 on S e pt 5, 2005. H e w a s pr e de c e a s e d by hi s w i f e B e t t y M e dl oc k C l a r k a nd hi s on l y s i bl i ng, P r ude nc e C l a r k S ha dbur n S ur vi vo r s i nc l u de : a da ught e r J ul i a M C l a r k a s on, C hr i s t ophe r C l a r k, s on, T ho m a s A C l a r k J r a s t e ps on, A l l e n L C a r t e r s t e pda ught e r R os a l yn L a c ke y C or de r a nd s i x gr a ndc hi l dr e n on e of w hom r e f e r r e d t o hi m a s P a pa J udge O ne of hi s c ont e m por a r i e s on t he 1 1 t h C i r c ui t J ud ge P hyl l i s A K r a vi t c h, s a i d of hi m a f t e r t he ne w s of hi s de a t h: J udge C l a r k w a s not onl y one i nt e l l e c t ua l l y gi f t e d but w a s one of t he ki nde s t m os t c a r i ng a nd c om pa s s i ona t e pe opl e I ha ve e ve r know n. H i s s t e p da ught e r R os a l yn C or de r di s c l os e d s om e pe r s ona l a t t r i but e s a bout J udge C l a r k t ha t s i m pl y m us t be i nc l ude d i n t hi s a t t e m pt t o do j us t i c e t o t hi s good m a n s l i f e : H e l ov e d dogs and ow ne d s e v e r al of t he m I be l i e v e hi s f av or i t e s w e r e Spr i nge r Spani e l s and he ow ne d s e v e r al of t he m o v e r t he y e ar s w he n I k ne w hi m H e l ov e d bi r ds and k ne w qui t e a bi t about t he di f f e r e nt s pe c i e s H e l ov e d t he be ac h and t he w at e r and ow ne d a 30 f t s ai l boat w hi l e he w as l i v i ng i n T am pa H e al s o l ov e d t he s ol i t ude of t he m ount ai ns and he and m y m ot he r had a v e r y s i m pl e m ount ai n c ot t age i n D i l l ar d, G A ne ar H i gh l ands N C w he r e t he y l ov e d t o e s c ape H e w as al w ay s a s out he r n ge nt l e m an but ne v e r i n t he good ol d boy w ay H e w as v e r y c har m i ng and w i t t y and a pr e t t y dar n good f l i r t w he n he w ant e d t o be H e j ok i ngl y r e f e r r e d t o m y m ot he r as t he Q ue e n and hi m s e l f as t he K nav e H e w as al w ay s hum bl e and al w ay s ope n m i nde d. T hough he obv i ous l y w r ot e m any opi ni ons he w as ne v e r an opi ni onat e d pe r s on. T he r e s a di f f e r e nc e

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11 A s a j udge s houl d be he w as e x t r e m e l y f ai r no m a t t e r w hat t he c i r c um s t anc e T hough he w as qui c k t o gi v e l ov i ng adv i c e I ne v e r onc e he ar d hi m c r i t i c i z e any one H e pr ay e d e v e r y day and s pe nt at l e as t 30 m i nut e s a day m e di t at i ng a t r ue T r ans c e nde nt al M e di t at i on. H e w as i nt e nt i onal about t r y i ng t o be a be t t e r C hr i s t i an and a be t t e r pe r s on. H e t hought about i t pr ay e d about i t t a l k e d about i t and w or k e d at i t e v e r y day I t w as a c ons c i ous e f f or t and, i n t he m i nds of t hos e w ho k ne w hi m i t pai d of f T hi s s t a t e m e nt by J a m e s G r i ppa ndo w a s s e nt a s a n e m a i l t o hi s c o c l e r ks a nd c o w or ke r s on t he E l e ve nt h C i r c ui t C our t of A ppe a l s f ol l ow i ng not i c e o f J udge C l a r k s de a t h. I l i k e s o m any ot he r s hol d J udge s m e m or y v e r y c l os e t o m y he ar t Y ou m i ght be i nt e r e s t e d t o k now t hat m y t e nt h nov e l ( G ot t he L ook ) i s due out J anuar y and i t ac t ual l y i nc l ude s a s c e ne i n w hi c h m y l e ad c har ac t e r ( J ac k Sw y t e c k a l aw y e r w ho us e d t o r e pr e s e nt de at h r o w i nm at e s ) i s t al k i ng w i t h anot he r l aw y e r at t he f e de r al c our t hous e i n A t l ant a. A s I w r ot e t he s c e ne t he l aw y e r s ar e s t andi ng be ne at h an i m pr e s s i v e oi l on c anv as por t r ai t of t he H onor abl e T hom as A C l ar k a t r ue ge nt l e m an of a j udge w hom J ac k r e m e m be r e d f r om hi s e ar l y day s w i t h t he F r e e dom I ns t i t ut e B ac k t he n, J ac k w oul d r out i ne l y f i l e e l e v e nt h hour r e que s t s f or s t ay s of e x e c ut i on, m os t of w hi c h w e r e s pe e di l y ( and qui t e c or r e c t l y ) de ni e d, but t he r e w as al w ay s a gl i m m e r of hope i f C l ar k w as on t he appe l l at e pan e l I t s a s m al l ge s t ur e but i t m ak e s m e s m i l e t o t hi nk of J udge s om e w he r e gr oani ng w i t h hum i l i t y but none t he l e s s gr i nni ng at t he t hought of m ak i ng a H i t c hc oc k l i k e c am e o appe ar anc e i n t he w or l d of pul p f i c t i on. I al s o pl an t o i nc l ude a m or e f i t t i ng t r i but e i n a no v e l t hat I w r ot e f or c hi l dr e n c al l e d L e a phol e s w hi c h w i l l be t he f i r s t nov e l f or c hi l dr e n e v e r t o be publ i s he d by t he A m e r i c an B ar A s s oc i at i on. I t s a bout an e c c e nt r i c ol d l aw y e r ( w i t h bus hy w hi t e e y e br ow s of c our s e ) w ho doe s hi s l e gal r e s e ar c h by m agi c al l y e nt e r i ng t he l aw book s t r av e l i ng t hr oug h t i m e and c om i ng f ac e t o f ac e w i t h s om e of t he ac t ual pe opl e w ho w e r e i nv ol v e d i n our nat i on s m os t f am ous c as e s s uc h as D r e d Sc ot t R os a P ar k s and ot he r s T hat nov e l w i l l c ont ai n t he f ol l ow i n g t r i but e t o J udge C l ar k : I w oul d be r e m i s s i f I di d not ac k now l e dge t he i n f l ue nc e of t he l at e T hom as A C l ar k w ho gav e m e m y f i r s t j ob out of l aw s c hool and w ho s e r v e d on t he U S C our t of A ppe al s f or t he E l e v e nt h C i r c ui t unt i l hi s r e t i r e m e nt i n 1999. U pon J udge C l ar k s pas s i ng i n 2005, t he c i r c ui t s c hi e f j udge J L E dm ons on r e m ar k e d, N e v e r hav e I k now n a j udg e w ho w as m or e hum ane t han T om C l ar k N e v e r di d he l os e s i ght of t he f ac t t hat t he s e c as e s w i t h w hi c h w e de al ac t ual l y i nv ol v e hum an be i ngs J u dge C l ar k s v i s i on c apt ur e s t he t r ue s pi r i t of t hi s nov e l and i n m y m i nd s e y e I c an s e e hi m s pe e di ng

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12 t hr ough l e aphol e s t r av e l i ng t hr ough t i m e and t e a c hi ng y oung pe opl e t hat e ac h of t he c ount l e s s c as e s r e por t e d i n t hos e dus t y l aw book s up on t he s he l v e s i s about a r e al pe r s on w ho had a v e r y r e al pr obl e m and t hat f or s om e i t w as l i t e r al l y a m at t e r of l i f e or de at h. M or i s on B uc k A f t e r w a r d: W he n y ou as s oc i at e w i t h e nt hus i as m l ong e nough, i t gr abs y ou and t ak e s ov e r w i t hi n y ou. N or m a n V i nc e nt P e a l e D C I : 2 0 0 7 0 8 0 7 1 0 1 0