Alan W. Clarke, J.D., (William and Mary) LL.M. (Queen's University), Ph.D. (Osgoode Hall Law School, York University) is a Professor of Integrated Studies at Utah Valley University. He is on sabbatical for the academic year 2014/15 and is currently a Fellow at the Nathanson Centre in Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto, Canada.
He has been an Endowed Chair in Criminology and Criminal Justice at St. Thomas University, in Fredericton, New Brunswick, a Visiting Associate at the University of Manitoba Law School and a Visiting Scholar at Michigan Technological University. He previously taught at University of Wisconsin Parkside and Ferris State University and he is a fellow of the George Romney Institute of Law and Public Policy.
He has two books, The Bitter Fruit of American Justice: International and Domestic Resistance to the Death Penalty (co-author, Laurie Anne Whitt, Northeastern, 2007) and Rendition to Torture (Rutgers U. Press, 2012) and over 35 articles in law reviews and peer reviewed social science journals.
Clarke's trial experience has been in Indian law, capital murder, and habeas corpus (including death row representation). He has been an ACLU cooperating attorney, including voting rights litigation for the Virginia ACLU.
Clarke helped organize the first successful fishermen's union south of Mason-Dixon line in 1988 - Reedville Fishermen's Association. He was counsel for "Fight For Justice," a group of dissident Anishinabe at Keweenaw Bay Indian Community in a struggle to regain voting rights arbitrarily stripped by the Tribal Council. He assisted lawyers in Mexico in representation of a transportation workers union, SUTAUR, which was illegally declared bankrupt and its leaders and lawyers jailed after the union expressed its support for the EZLN uprising in Chiapas.
Clarke has, with others, organized an annual international symposia on the death penalty, bringing together activists like Sister Helen Prejean, author of "Dead Man Walking", with scholars like Robert Johnson, Professor of Justice, Law, and Society at American University, Michael Radelet, Professor of Sociology and Chair, Department of Sociology, University of Colorado, Boulder, Mark Warren, Director of Human Rights Research and Daniel Medwed, Professor of Law at the University of Utah.
One of Alan's lectures on abolishing capital punishment can be found in podcast form here.