The last few weeks have been difficult ones for our law firm. We lost a great man and a great lawyer. He was a champion for the survivors of childhood sexual abuse. As a founding partner of our law firm, he was selective in choosing the lawyers with whom he would carry on the fight to end child sexual abuse. In many ways, each lawyer in this firm has been influenced by Kelly Clark. He was a friend, a mentor, and most importantly an advocate for all who desired to overcome the effects of sexual trauma.
Because we worked with him in the fight to confront child abuse and bring abusers and the institutions that protected them, we will continue this fight in his honor by the inspiration of the legacy he left each of us. We are as committed to helping survivors heal and seek justice as we were when we joined Kelly in this just cause.
Placing this resolve in proper perspective, please allow me to borrow the words of a public servant who himself had experienced the loss of a great leader, his own brother, President John F. Kennedy, but desired to carry the torch and continue the fight that the slain President had embarked upon:
“For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.” (Senator Edward M. Kennedy, closing remarks at the 1980 Democratic National Convention)