We are happy to support the Wilmette Public Library as they host local author Donald Cameron Clark, Jr. for a virtual program. He'll be discussing his new legal memoir, Summary Judgment: A Lawyer’s Memoir. It is the fascinating true story of two Chicago lawyers and an Alabama nun who volunteer to represent a death row inmate and struggle to prove that he is not legally guilty, even while he is not truly innocent. Glenview-based author and corporate litigator Donald Cameron Clark, Jr. recalls his experience representing 20-year-old Tommy Hamilton, a condemned murderer awaiting execution by electrocution on death row in Alabama, in his final appeal. Summary Judgment shares this life-and-death tale as it unfolded in real time and raises the provocative issue of defending the guilty as an important aspect of justice work. Fans of true crime or legal thrillers will enjoy this evening with Clark, Jr., a renaissance man who believes in the power of storytelling, whether to a jury, to a theatre audience, or to his grandchildren.
This author visit will be held on Zoom, followed by a Q&A with the audience. Participants will be emailed their individual Zoom link for the program after signing up through the library's online calendar. This event will be recorded for those who cannot attend.
Everyone leaves death row. Few leave it alive.