On November 25, 2005, breast cancer claimed the life of MSD associate Eileen Clarke. She was 30 years old.

      In the all too brief time we knew Eileen, she proved herself to be of indomitable spirit and exceptional ability.

      As a student at the University of Connecticut School of Law, where she earned her Juris Doctor in 2001, Eileen was vice president of the Women's Law Student Association and president of the Irish Law Student Association. Eileen joined our firm in March 2004 as a litigation associate and quickly established a reputation for being hard-working, dedicated and attentive to clients - earning universal praise from both clients and adversaries.

      Eileen touched our lives with her optimism and humor. We are thankful to have known and worked with her. We are hopeful that her spirit remains within each of us. Our hearts go out to Eileen's family and friends, and to her husband, Will.