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CLARK, THOMAS A., 1920-2005.
Thomas A. Clark judicial papers, 1977-1998

Emory University

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322

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Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/8z48q

Collection Stored Off-Site

All or portions of this collection are housed off-site. Materials can still be requested but researchers should expect a delay of up to two business days for retrieval.


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Clark, Thomas A., 1920-2005.
Title: Thomas A. Clark judicial papers, 1977-1998
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 830
Extent: 73 linear ft. (73 boxes)
Abstract:Judicial papers of Judge Thomas A. Clark, United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, including docket indexes, case files, death penalty case files, and oral argument and death penalty bench dockets.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Restrictions on access apply: Collection stored off-site. Researchers must contact the Rose Library in advance to access this collection.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Source

Gift, 1999.

Citation

[after identification of item(s)], Thomas A. Clark judicial papers, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.

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Unprocessed collection


Collection Description

Biographical Note

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, on December 20, 1920, Thomas A. Clark was appointed by President Jimmy Carter as a United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on November 2, 1979, and entered service on November 16, 1979. In 1980, Congress divided the Fifth Circuit, and since October 1, 1981, Judge Clark has served on the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. He took senior status on August 31, 1991. Judge Clark retired from the bench in 1998, and died on September 4, 2005 in Vero Beach, Florida.

Judge Clark graduated cum laude from Washington and Lee University, receiving a B.S. degree in 1942, and from the University of Georgia Law School, receiving an LL.B. degree in 1949. During World War II, he was on active duty in the United States Navy, 1942-1946, and attained the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

Judge Clark practiced law in Bainbridge and Americus, Georgia, from 1949-1957, and in Tampa, Florida, from 1957-1979. He was a Senior Attorney-Shareholder in the law firm of Carlton, Fields, Ward, Emmanuel, Smith and Cutler in Tampa, Florida from 1961-1979. Judge Clark served as a Representative in the Georgia Legislature, Decatur County, Georgia, 1951-1952; and as County Solicitor, Decatur County, Georgia, 1952-1955.

He married the former Betty Medlock and has three children, Thomas A. Clark, Jr., Christopher S. Clark, and Julia M. Clark; and two stepchildren: Allen L. Carter and Rosalyn Lackey Howell.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the judicial papers of Judge Thomas A. Clark from 1977-1998. The papers include docket indexes, case files in which Judge Clark rendered an opinion (including his dissents and special concurrences), death penalty case files, and oral argument and death penalty bench dockets.

Arrangement Note

Organized into four series: (1) Docket indexes, (2) Case files, (3) Death penalty cases, and (4) Bench dockets.


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