State Bar of Arizona
Karen Clark is a native Arizonan. She graduated magna cum laude from Arizona State University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. She attended law school at the University of Arizona and was admitted to practice in 1989. Ms. Clark served as an intern to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington, D.C. She returned to Arizona and clerked for Judge Jefferson Lankford with the Arizona Court of Appeals. Ms. Clark then joined the Arizona Attorney Generalís Office, and worked in the licensing and enforcement section doing administrative law. Her next position was in the land and natural resources section, where she represented the state in Indian gaming compact negotiations. Ms. Clark took one year off from the practice of law to work on the campaign staff of a candidate for Arizona governor. She then joined the Maricopa County Public Defenderís Office, where she served as a trial lawyer for two years, and did some appellate work as well.On June 30, 1997, she joined the State Bar of Arizona, as bar counsel in the discipline department. In this job, she serves as a trial attorney, seeking to discipline lawyers for violations of the Arizona Rules of Professional Conduct.