300 Years after 7th Great Grandfather Governs NY, Clarke Works in Same Office

7/2/2013 | Facebook | Twitter | Email
Edward Hyde Clarke ’14 with Governor Andrew M. Cuomo ’82

Edward Hyde Clarke ’14 had a unique perspective when he started his field placement in the Counsel’s Office for Governor Andrew M. Cuomo ’82 last semester. Nearly 300 years ago, one of his ancestors was the acting governor of New York while it was still a colony.

“George Clarke is my great-grandfather times seven, and he was acting governor of New York from 1736 to 1743,” said Clarke. “Growing up with such a rich family history in the state made it especially rewarding to work in the governor’s office.”

This summer, Clarke is a summer associate at Young/Sommer LLC in Albany, his first internship in the private sector, where he has already worked on projects ranging from government issues to litigation. Young/Sommer specializes in environmental law and zoning and land use planning and development.

“I became interested in environmental law after attending a meeting of the environmental section of the New York State Bar Association my first semester of law school,” said Clarke, noting that he went on to intern with the Department of Environmental Conservation.

He has also had a field placement with the Hon. Joseph Teresi ’71 at the Albany County Supreme Court, and he was recently elected to the editorial board for the Albany Law Review. An active member of the law school’s Environmental Law Society, he also is a student co-editor in chief for Environmental Lawyer, a publication of NYSBA’s Environmental Section.

A native of Springfield, N.Y., and graduate of SUNY Oneonta with a degree in political science, Clarke has, perhaps due to his family history, long been interested in politics. The decision to attend law school was a more recent development.

“I really became interested in law school after my internship with the New York State Assembly during my last semester of undergrad,” explained Clarke. “I am very interested in state government and politics, and it felt like a number of the key players had law degrees.”

“Because of my interest in state government, I knew that I wanted to attend Albany Law,” he said.