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January 14, 2010

Author Mimi Clark Gronlund to read from and sign her book about her father, Supreme Court Justice Tom C. Clark: A Life of Service

Supreme Court Justice Tom C. Clark: A Life of Service

The University of Texas School of Law and the Tarlton Law Library are pleased to announce an author’s reading and book signing featuring Mimi Clark Gronlund, daughter of United States Supreme Court Justice Tom C. Clark, ’22.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Law School’s Sheffield Room (TNH 2.111) at 3:30 p.m., January 28, 2010. Light refreshments to follow. An associate justice on the renowned Warren Court, whose landmark ruling in Brown v. Board of Education overturned racial segregation in schools and other public facilities, Tom C. Clark was a crusader for justice throughout his long legal career. Among many tributes Clark received, Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger opined that “no man in the past thirty years has contributed more to the improvement of justice than Tom Clark.”

Supreme Court Justice Tom C. Clark, published by the University of Texas Press, is the first biography of this important American jurist. Mimi Clark Gronlund based her work on interviews with many of Clark’s judicial associates, friends, and family, as well as archival research. The publication offers a well-rounded portrait of a lawyer and judge who dealt with issues that remain in contention today—civil rights, the rights of the accused, school prayer, and censorship/pornography, among them.

Mimi Clark Gronlund served as a reference librarian in Virginia for twenty-two years, and spent over thirty years researching her father’s career. Combining personal memories with historical events and professional accomplishments, Gronlund expresses affection and admiration for her father without avoiding the controversy and criticism he encountered during his life.

The Tom C Clark Papers are housed in the Tarlton Law Library, and include over 480 linear feet of case files, correspondence, literary productions, speeches, printed material, political cartoons, artifacts, scrapbooks, and photographs, providing a virtually complete record of Clark’s eighteen years as associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1949-1967). The papers were the gift of Mrs. Tom C. Clark in 1977.

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About the Tom C. Clark Collection

Contact: Elizabeth Haluska-Rausch, Rare Books Librarian and Archivist, Tarlton Law Library, University of Texas School of Law, 512-232-3802,