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Clark was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1979. She was in private practice and worked as a public defender for the city of Los Angeles before she made a complete turnaround and became a prosecutor in 1981. She worked as a deputy district attorney for Los Angeles County, California, and was mentored by prosecutor Harvey Giss.
Clark is best remembered as the lead prosecutor in the 1995 trial of O. J. Simpson on charges of the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. Prior to this trial, Clark's highest-profile prosecution was in 1991, when she prosecuted Robert John Bardo for the murder of television star Rebecca Schaeffer. Clark said that the media attention she received during the trial was "the hell of the trial", calling herself "famous in a way that was kind of terrifying". Clark was advised by a jury consultant to "talk softer, dress softer, wear pastels" as a means to improve her image. She subsequently changed her hairstyle into a perm, and the Los Angeles Times described her as looking like "Sigourney Weaver, only more professional". The New York Times commented that "the transformation was not entirely seamless".
Clark resigned from the District Attorney's office after she lost the O. J. Simpson case and left trial practice behind her. She and Teresa Carpenter wrote a book about the Simpson case, Without a Doubt, in a deal reported to be worth $4.2 million.
Since the Simpson trial, Clark has made numerous appearances on television, including being a "special correspondent" for Entertainment Tonight. She provided coverage of high-profile trials and reported from the red carpet at awards shows such as the Emmy Awards. She was a guest attorney on the short-lived television series Power of Attorney, and was also featured on Headline News (HLN), where she analyzed the Casey Anthony trial. In July 2013, Clark provided commentary for CNN on the trial of George Zimmerman in Florida for the homicide of Trayvon Martin.
Clark wrote a pilot script for a TV series called Borderland, centering on "a very dark version of the DA's office", which was purchased by FX but never produced. She has contributed true crime articles to The Daily Beast.
Clark has written several novels. Her "Rachel Knight" series centers on a prosecutor in the Los Angeles District Attorney's office, and includes Guilt By Association (2011), Guilt By Degrees (2012), Killer Ambition (2013), and The Competition (2014). Guilt by Association was adapted as a television pilot for TNT in 2014.
In contrast, Clark's "Samantha Brinkman" series features a woman who is a defense attorney. It includes Blood Defense (2016), Moral Defense (2016), and Snap Judgment (2017), and is being adapted into a TV series for NBC, co-written by Clark. Clark never expected to be an author, but said, "As a lawyer, I came to understand early that storytelling plays a very important part when you address a jury. So I guess my instincts have always kind of been there when it comes to weaving a narrative." She read Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys mystery fiction as a child, and said "I have been addicted to crime since I was born. I was making up crime stories when I was a 4- or 5-year-old kid."
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