Marcia Clark made headlines as the prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson trial. Now, Sarah Paulson is reviving the perm and pantsuits in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. Though the trial is decades old, the nation is still transfixed by the court battle that transformed attorneys into celebrities. Is Marcia Clark still a lawyer? She's definitely still writing about it all, but she doesn't actually work in law anymore.
Before the Simpson trial, Clark was already a successful prosecutor; according to The Guardian, she'd won 19 murder trials and only lost one. But after Simpson's acquittal, Clark decided to shift her focus. Her new identity as a public figure made it difficult for her to return to work as a prosecutor. Clark opted to embrace the attention, taking hosting jobs in TV and radio. She still "works on appellate court-appointed cases," according to Vulture, but Clark is primarily a writer. She got her start working as a consultant on Lifetime's For the People, Vogue reported. Drafting scripts prompted her to pursue a career as an author. Clark's seven books for sale on Amazon all focus on crime and the law. Her latest book, Blood Defense, will debut on May 1. Clark told Vogue that she put a bit of herself into the novel:
As she prepares for the book's release, Clark is also coping with the upswing in attention following the premiere of American Crime Story. She told Vulture that it's difficult to experience the trial again, but she's hopeful the series has a meaningful impact:
Those who want to get into Clark's head don't have to rely only on The People v. O.J. Simpson. Through her memoir and her novels, Clark gives audiences a powerful look at what it actually takes to be a prosecutor.