Judge Scott Clarkson – Photographer

I don’t remember if I’ve mentioned to you that Judge Scott Clarkson is a pretty talented guy.  Between packed hearing days, a busy voluntary mediation schedule, and overseing the Central District’s newly filed mega-case American Suzuki Motor Company, he has continued his remarkable “other career” as a documentary photographer.  On the occasion of the October 22, 2012 passing of former U.S. Senator George McGovern, the 1972 candidate for the Presidency, and one of my personal heroes, the national and international media scrambled for current photographs of McGovern.  That’s when Judge Clarkson’s work stepped in.

It turns out that during McGovern’s 2009 book tour of his “Lincoln” biography, Judge Clarkson, then in private law practice, was invited by the Richard M. Nixon Library & Museum inYorba Linda to document the McGovern lecture that took place in the Museum’s packed replica of the White House East Room.  While Judge Clarkson had posted some of the photographs on his web page, not much else came from the photo-shoot at that time.  But upon McGovern’s passing, the flurry of efforts to find more modern era photos of McGovern lead, of course, to Judge Clarkson.  Releases and credits provided, various McGovern photos by Judge Clarkson have populated hundreds of international web sites over the last three weeks.

Some of his photos of McGovern appear here:

Public Radio International

WashingtonOffice onLatin America

Jewish Telegraph Agency

World News Network

Just because he’s on the bench now, Judge Clarkson has not ended his photography efforts.  I understand he is going on another photo-shoot at the end of this month near historic Joshua Tree National Park.  Some of his work can be seen at his webpage located at www.scottclarksonphotography.com

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