2010 Millikin graduate and philosophy major Dustin Clark is a partner with Clark and Jones, Attorneys at Law in Rushville, Illinois. Before returning to Illinois to practice law, Dustin was an associate attorney with the firm of Cahill, Gordon, and Reindel in New York City, New York in September, 2014. As noted on the firm’s webpage, “Cahill is frequently associated with landmark legal rulings, including its successful defense of The New York Times in the Pentagon Papers case, National Broadcasting Co. v. United States (among the most significant cases ever decided concerning the power and authority of the Federal Communication Commission), and Times Picayune v. United States (among the Supreme Court’s most important antitrust rulings).”
At Millikin, Dustin was both a Presidential Scholar and a James Millikin Scholar in our Honors Program. He earned numerous awards honoring his academic achievements during his time at Millikin, including membership in Alpha Lambda Delta, receiving the designation of Associated Colleges of Illinois Chicago Humanities Festival Undergraduate Fellow at the 2007 and 2008 Chicago Humanities Festivals, taking first prize at the 2008 Humanities Undergraduate Research Forum, and receiving the Alice Ambrose Lazerowitz Award for Demonstrated Excellence in Philosophy (2010). Perhaps most impressively, Dustin was honored at Millikin’s spring 2009 Honors Convocation with a Scovill Award, the highest academic honor that Millikin University bestows on its students.
Dustin was a three-year participant in Millikin’s moot court program, twice as an attorney and once as a justice. In the two competitions in which he participated at an attorney, Dustin’s team took third place (2007) and first place (2008). Success in this kind of venue is the epitome of successful performance learning at a professional level – a key learning goal in our curriculum.
Dustin demonstrated a strong commitment to campus and community leadership. He worked as a tutor in the Writing Center and a tutor for the Philosophy Department’s logic course (PH213). He also served as a mentor at Homework Hangout, a Decatur non-profit organization that provides after school services for Decatur’s at risk youth.
The analytical reasoning and critical thinking skills that Dustin honed at Millikin served him well at the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he recently earned his J.D., graduating cum laude (May 2014). In law school, Dustin applied his legal training by working for the University of Wisconsin Law School Unemployment Advocacy Clinic, clerking for the Freedom From Religion Foundation, clerking for the firm of Boardman & Clark, and serving as a judicial intern for the Wisconsin Supreme Court.