Carrie Lamm Clark, 36, Law office of Carrie Lamm Clark, Cameron
Practice areas: Family law, criminal defense, guardian ad litem, civil
Law school: University of Missouri
It’s not as if Carrie Lamm Clark hasn’t already given her service. A member of National Guard units in Kansas and Missouri since 1995, she’s been deployed to locales ranging from Missouri to Oregon and from Japan to Kosovo. One deployment caused her to delay taking the bar exam until 2005 — a year and a half after she graduated from University of Missouri School of Law.
She is the rare woman to have served as a qualified Field Artillery Officer. She is a senior member of the 429th Trial Defense Team with the Missouri Army National Guard, but she also volunteers as legal counsel for the Missouri National Guard Association.
In private practice, Clark’s emphasis is on serving as a guardian ad litem.
What is your greatest accomplishment to date?
19 years of National Guard/Reserve service. Have served as an enlisted soldier, a traditional officer, a commander and now a Judge Advocate (JAG) lawyer.
Who is your legal hero?
Judge Henry Lamm, former chief justice of the Missouri Supreme Court (my great-grandfather).
What’s been your favorite moment as an attorney so far?
My favorite moment has two parts: First, was when I was serving as a guardian ad litem in a highly contested custody modification case and after a trial, and in line with my recommendation, the children were transferred from the custody of the father who had abused them to the custody of the mother who had been denied a relationship with the children for many years. The second part was later, when I was sitting in a restaurant in the town where the children were now living and attending school, and the children and their grandparents came up to me and personally thanked me for my advocacy. The kids were happy, well-adjusted, looked great, and I could tell they were thriving.