Clarke Ahlers was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He is a seasoned criminal justice junkie.
Fresh from high school in 1972, Clarke was hired by the Howard County Police Department. Clarke served as a Community Service Officer (CSO or cadet) for three years and a Police Officer for eleven years. Clarke’s assignments included patrol, academy instructor, research and planning, and one summer as a detective.
While working at the HCPD, Clarke attended Montgomery College (AA, Criminal Justice), University of Maryland, College Park (B.A., Eng. Lit.), and University of Baltimore School of Law (J.D.).
In 1986, following his admission to the Maryland Bar, Clarke resigned from the Department and began his law practice in Columbia, Maryland (Clarke F. Ahlers, P.C.) Clarke is still a full-time lawyer, concentrating in criminal defense and defense of law enforcement officers in state and federal courts and appellate courts. Clarke has written and co-written briefs in the United States Supreme Court.
Clarke is an avid reader and amateur playwright. Clarke describes himself as a “philosophical schizophrenic,” influenced during his formative years by a Socialist grandfather and a Republican father. Clarke’s hobby is motorcycling and he lives in Howard County, Maryland.