Alumna Judy Clarke profiled in The New Yorker

Clarke, wearing a scarf, entering the federal courthouse in Boston during the trial of Tsarnaev. Her friend Elisabeth Semel says, “She has a well of compassion that just runs a little deeper.” Photograph by Philip Montgomery for The New Yorker

The New Yorker magazine’s September 14 issue includes an in-depth article about 1977 alumna Judy Clarke, who it says, “may be the best death-penalty lawyer in America.” She has helped spare the lives of Susan Smith, Ted Kaczynski, Zacarias Moussaoui, Eric Rudolph, and Jared Loughner. Her most recent client, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was sentenced to death in the Boston Marathon Bombing case, representing a rare loss for Clarke.

The fascinating story gives insights into her life and her methods of trying to help her clients–some of whom have been called “the worst of the worst”–avoid the death penalty. The story also includes quotes from fellow 1975 alum David Bruck, who is also a nationally renowned defense attorney and worked with Clarke on the Smith and Tsarnaev cases.