Professor Emeritus Leroy D. Clark, who taught generations of students at the Columbus School of Law from 1981-2006, was the guest of honor at the Nineteenth Black Law Student Association (BLSA) Alumni-Student Reception, held at the law school on March 21.
More than two dozen students, faculty members and alumni attended the event, which was followed by a reception. Speakers included Professor Clark, who gave the keynote address, law school Dean Daniel F. Attridge, and Kenneth Watson, currently serving as the 2012-13 president of BLSA.
A civil rights attorney who knew and worked with Dr. Martin Luther King, Clark was also an expert arbitrator and professor of criminal law who brought to the law school an enhanced understanding of Catholic social teachings about justice, mercy and compassion, as seen through his own first-hand experience.
Professor Clark began his legal career the early 1960s, spending most of the decade as an assistant counsel for the NAACP, a position that put him squarely at the forefront of America’s momentous social and legal struggle for racial equality during that turbulent era. Professor Clark’s academic career began in 1968 when he joined the faculty of NYU Law School, teaching there until 1979.
Along the way, Professor Clark acquired and honed superb arbitration skills. He put them to effective use for various clients and employers, including the American Arbitration Association, the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Professor Clark held appointments as a visiting professor at both the University of Maryland Law School and Georgetown University Law Center. He is co-author of “Employment Discrimination Law: Cases and Materials” 6th ed. (Lexus Publishing) 2006.
Professor Leroy D. Clark—teacher, book author, civil rights attorney, arbitrator and consultant— retired at the end of the 2005-2006 academic year.