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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
“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.