Cameron D. Clark is a Clinical Teaching Fellow in Berkeley’s Policy Advocacy Clinic, pursuing legislative reforms to abolish administrative fines and fees imposed on youth who are involved in the criminal legal system.
Cameron received their law degree from Harvard Law School, where they studied as a NAACP-LDF Earl Warren Scholar, a Harvard University Presidential Scholar, and managing editor of the Harvard Blackletter Law Journal. Cameron was awarded the university’s inaugural Excellence in Black Leadership Award and the law school’s Gary Bellow Public Service Award, which recognizes one student who “exemplifies how lawyers can litigate, educate, advocate, and organize to promote social justice.” Cameron received their B.A. in sociology with honors from the University of Texas at Austin, completing the program in three years.
A civil rights attorney by training, Cameron joins Berkeley Law following fellowships with the Southern Poverty Law Center in New Orleans and the Texas Civil Rights Project in Houston. In each fellowship, Cameron developed litigation and legislative advocacy to increase access to indigent defense, to challenge the practice of sentencing children to life without parole, and to eliminate the use of solitary confinement, among other projects. Cameron’s previous experiences also include litigation in California, working with Public Counsel and the ACLU of Southern California to support transgender prisoners and students asserting their civil rights.
Cameron’s research interests are at the intersections of critical race theory, queer theory, and legal ethnography. They hope to develop innovative approaches to legal theory and practice that are informed by the legacies of resistance led by Black, Indigenous, queer, disabled, and other marginalized communities. In their free time, Cameron supports mutual aid organizing and consults with marginalized communities to expand access to the legal academy and professional careers.