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H. Sol Clark

H. Sol Clark, 1972-1977


H. SOL CLARK served on the Court of Appeals of Georgia, 1972-1976. He was born in Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, on December 29, 1906.

He attended Savannah schools; was graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. degree in 1928 and Bachelor of Laws degree in 1930. He passed the Georgia Bar exam in 1929. His law practice and judicial tenure extends over a half century.

He married Matilda Shapiro on May 14, 1933. Born of this union were two children, Fred Stephen, a Savannah attorney, and Janet Marian, (deceased). His parents Ella and Sam Clark were immigrants from Vitebsk, Russia.

Affiliations: Art Academy; United Community Services; fund raising American Heart Association, March' of Dimes, United Jewish Appeal; Who's Who in America, South, Southeast, and World Jewry; Chairman, County Board of Public Welfare for 11 years; Assistant City Attorney 1943-1944; Georgia Industrial Loan Advisory Board; Chairman of the County Civil Service Board; 33d Degree Mason.

He established the Savannah Legal Aid Society; headed the State Legal Aid Committee as Chairman or vice-chairman for 25 years; Board of Directors National Legal Aid and Defender Association, only person receiving two highest NLADA awards; headed Georgia Legal Services program; Emory University created the summer intern Sol Clark Fellows; ABAA ward to Savannah Bar President; Harvard Law School Association of Georgia presented a plaque to him; known as "Mr. Legal Aid."

He was the first Hebrew to serve on an appellate court in Georgia and first Savannahian to serve on the Court of Appeals of Georgia. He was a member of the State Judicial Council; Georgia, ABA, American Trial Lawyers. Bar journals and reviews have noted the quality of his opinions as being literary, witty, and historical, with Mercer Law Review describing his impact on juvenile law as "more than any other jurist in the history of this state." He was selected in 1982 as the one lawyer in the U. S. for the American Bar Foundation 50-year award; the State Bar of Georgia created and presented him with its first annual "H. Sol Clark Award" to be given annually for efforts on behalf of poor people; coauthor with his son Fred of Settlements Law and Strategies (The Harrison Company 1981); president of Scribes and its director and book award chairman; National Law Journal called him Savannah's "folk-hero," a "garrulous judge" enjoying a "sophisticated practice" with his son's firm. He is a charter member, American Bar Foundation; Director of the American Judicature Society; Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and director and dean; Fellow, American College of Probate Counsel; Fellow of the International Society of Barristers; founder of the Authors Court; acknowledged "one of Georgia's great judges," Maddox v. Queen, 150 Ga. App. 408, 412.