He is also a busy solo-practice attorney, but Clarke has decided that the time has come to do more.
He has been married to Michelle Clarke since shortly after graduating from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law in Baltimore in 1971. The Clarkes have two grown sons who live in the area.
Longtime Kentlands residents, the Clarkes have lived in the community for nearly 30 years — and in three locations: a townhouse, a single-family home and now as empty nesters, a one-story Kentlands condominium where Tim Clarke also keeps the office for his active law practice.
Clarke recalls that he was “very involved in the beginning of Kentlands.” As a new member of the KCA board, his activity level is bound to increase — and he is looking forward to that.
“I’ve always been dedicated to the community,” he said. “I’ve thought about running for the board before. I ran now because now I have the time.
“I like to look ahead [to the community’s future] — and I want to see that things are going really well,” he said, adding that the best way to accomplish that is to get more personally involved. “We have a good product [in Kentlands], and we should be selling that product. There should be a feeling here that is welcoming and neighborly.”
Imbued throughout the tasteful décor of the Clarke’s home are several symbols of Irish heritage. Both Clarkes are proud of that heritage. “Michelle and I drive the grand marshall of the Gaithersburg St. Patrick’s Day Parade each year,” Clarke said with a broad smile.
His career in law has been a successful one. “I find my practice (mostly as a criminal defense attorney) wonderfully interesting,” he said. Clarke is 65 but has no plans to retire at this time.
Early in his career, from 1972 through 1985, Clarke was a prosecutor — a deputy state’s attorney — in the Maryland State’s Attorney’s Office. A lifelong Democrat, Clarke ran for state’s attorney himself — but lost — in 1998.
Today his law practice is mostly criminal, although he has represented clients in all kinds of cases, all over the region. “I try cases everywhere,” he said.
He said, his criminal law cases have covered the criminal spectrum — “from possession … to first-degree murder.”
Within the legal community, Clarke has also been active beyond the demands of his practice as part of a panel writing uniform language for state laws on controlled substances, and by writing other publications.
Clarke’s tall figure and shock of thick white hair are probably a familiar sight to many after 30 years in the Kentlands community. He already counts many residents as longtime friends and neighbors.
As he embarks on his newest positions in public service — especially as a KCA trustee — one can expect that many more people will come to know him. Perhaps he will be able to serve as a new link between the early Kentlands and Kentlands today — and bring more people together in community life.
Congratulations, Tim Clarke, and good luck.