Clark Named Lehmann Research Professor

Professor Kathleen Clark, who recently served as Special Counsel to the Attorney General of the District of Columbia, has been named the John S. Lehmann Research Professor for 2012–13. Clark is an expert on government ethics, whistleblowing, and legal ethics. She is an associate reporter for the American Law Institute’s (ALI’s) Principles of Government Ethics and is co-authoring a treatise on government ethics. Her current research, Ethics for an Outsourced Government, examines the intersection of government ethics and government procurement law. Clark began that research as a consultant to the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS), which adopted recommendations that the federal government apply government ethics standards to some service contractor personnel. Clark is also writing a book chapter about the limited role of transparency in preventing government corruption.   

An Israel Treiman Research Fellow for 2010–11, Clark has written extensively about government lawyers and government ethics, including articles about Congressional lawyers, inspectors general, and accountability mechanisms. She co-authored a Washington Post op-ed about the Justice Department torture memo, and later expanded that analysis into Congressional testimony and a law review article.    

The Lehmann research professorship was created in 2008 to allow scholars the ability to concentrate on in-depth research projects by providing substantial relief of teaching and administrative duties during one semester. Previous recipients, Professors Pauline Kim, Barbara Flagg, Susan Appleton, Hillary Sale, and Peter Wiedenbeck used the fellowship to conduct research on employment law, racial discrimination, legal issues related to gender and sexuality, governance in public corporations, and private retirement savings programs respectively. The research professorship is named for John S. Lehmann, LL.B. 1910, who was a distinguished lawyer and university trustee for more than 20 years. His charitable trust also supports an endowed professorship at the law school.