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Alan Clarke, JD, LLM Biography

Professor of Integrated Studies at Utah Valley University
Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Legal?"

“There have long been compelling reasons to oppose the death penalty: the persistence of race, class, and ethnic bias; its profound arbitrariness; its failure to deter more effectively than its alternatives; its exceptional costs. The power of such critiques is itself significantly enhanced by the convergence of the two forces – international pressure and the innocence argument – on which this book focuses. The fact that a significant number of those whose lives the state ends are not only selected on arbitrary and discriminatory grounds, but also are innocent of the crime for which they are being punished only intensifies the gravity of the abuse of state power that constitutes the American death penalty.”

Cowritten with Laurelyn Whitt, PhD, The Bitter Fruit of American Justice: International and Domestic Resistance to the Death Penalty, 2007

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor, Integrated Studies, Utah Valley University, 2003-present
  • Issue Editor, Guild Practitioner, Fall 2004
  • Professor, Criminal Justice, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, 2001-2003
  • Chair, Death Penalty Panel, Midwestern Criminal Justice Association, 2001
  • Visiting Scholar, Humanities, Michigan Technological University, Summer 1998 and 2000
  • Professor, Criminal Justice, Ferris State University, 1997-2001
  • Professor, Criminal Justice, Gogebic Community College, 1995-1996
  • Practicing lawyer, 1994-1997
  • Counsel, SAIF Water Committee, Lancaster/Northumberland Interfaith Service Council, 1991-present
  • President, Rappahannock Legal Services, Inc., 1989-1992
  • Adjunct Professor, Business, Rappahannock Community College, 1987-1988
  • Partner, Clarke & Clarke, 1981-1993
  • Associate, Clarke & Johnston, P.C., 1975-1981
  • PhD Candidate, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (Canada)
  • LLM (Legum Doctor), Queen’s University (Canada), 1994
  • JD, College of William and Mary, 1975
  • BA, College of William and Mary, 1972
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