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Portland lawyer Kelly Clark, champion of sex abuse victims, dies at 56

Portland lawyer Kelly Clark, who won a landmark court decision forcing the Boy Scouts of America to release its "perversion files" on suspected child molesters in the organization, has died at 56.

His co-counsel in the Boy Scouts case, Paul Mones, said Clark died Tuesday of cancer-related causes at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

Clark represented the victims of child molestation in suits against the Catholic Church and the Boy Scouts of America.

In 2012, a suit he brought forced the Boy Scouts to release more than 1,200 files it kept on suspected abusers.

Two years before, he represented an Oregon man abused as a Boy Scout in Portland in the early 1980s and won an award of nearly $20 million.