On July 24, 2019, the King County Council voted to name the new Children and Family Justice Center in honor of the late Judge Patricia Hall Clark.
Her family was on hand to speak of her commitment to our youth and the court.
The late Patricia H. Clark received her JD from the University of Washington in 1987, recognized for her outstanding abilities as an oral advocate. She joined the King County Prosecutor’s Office Criminal Division before leaving to teach at the Seattle University Law Clinic. She joined the Superior Court bench in 1998.
Her real mark was on the Juvenile Court bench as Chief and Chief Advocate. She was innovative and worked tirelessly to build bridges with the community, always striving for fairness – telling anyone who would listen that we had to do better by our children. She was the most important advocate for the new, bright, and clean Children and Family Justice Center, adamant that people would be willing to tax themselves to get children out of the old sagging facility.
Even as her health failed her, she asked for updates on the new building. She said she was proud of all that was done to ensure this building would serve the needs of youth AND families for decades to come.
We owe so much to Judge Patricia H. Clark.