Judy Clarke is in private practice in San Diego, California. She served as the first full-time Capital Resource Counsel for the Federal Public and Community Defender Program from 2002-2009. She has also served as the Executive Director of two Federal Defender Programs, Federal Defenders of Eastern Washington & Idaho (1992-2002) and Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. (1983-1991). She has represented a number of high profile clients accused of capital offenses, including Susan Smith in Union, South Carolina, Theodore Kaczynski, charged as the "Unabomber” in Sacramento, California and Eric Rudolph in Birmingham, Alabama.
Ms. Clarke is a 1974 graduate of Furman University, and a 1977 graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law. She is a Past President of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, and was selected by the National Law Journal in 1998 as one of the top 50 women lawyers in the United States and in 2001 as one of the top women litigators in the U.S