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Kathleen Clark

Professor of Law

Kathleen Clark works in the areas of legal ethics, government ethics, the law of whistleblowing, and national security law. Her academic writing has been cited in hundreds of articles and books and has been excerpted in legal ethics textbooks. She has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, National Law Journal, Government Executive and The Hill, and her analysis has appeared in leading newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Economist, Financial Times, Time, Newsweek, National Review and Mother Jones.

She is licensed to practice law in Washington, DC, where she serves on the Rules of Professional Conduct Review Committee of the D.C. Bar. When she served as an ethics lawyer for the District of Columbia government, she wrote an Ethics Manual for the District’s 32,000 employees. Clark served as counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee and clerked for Federal District Judge Harold H. Greene. She is a board member of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers and is an Associate Reporter for the American Law Institute’s Principles of Government Ethics.

Clark was named the John S. Lehman Research Professor and Israel Treiman Faculty Fellow at Washington University, and has taught at the University of Michigan, Cornell University, Utrecht University and the University of Economics and Law in Vietnam. She has led anti-corruption and ethics workshops in Australia, Bosnia-Herzegovenia, Canada, Indonesia, Japan, Kosovo, Nigeria, Poland, Russia & Venezuela, and has conducted in-person and web-based ethics training for federal, state and local government agencies. She graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Physics & Philosophy from Yale College, studied Russian in the Soviet Union and Spanish in Guatemala and earned a J.D. from Yale Law School.

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