A grand retirement celebration held for trailblazing Judge Kim Berkeley Clark

THE HISTORYMAKING, FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN TO SERVE AS PRESIDENT JUDGE IN ALLEGHENY COUNTY, KIM BERKELEY CLARK, WAS GIVEN A GRAND RETIREMENT CELEBRATION ON DEC. 13, 2023. IT WAS HELD AT THE AUGUST WILSON AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER.  (PHOTOS BY J.L. MARTELLO)

A grand retirement celebration was had for Judge Kim Berkeley Clark, who made history as the first African American to serve as President Judge in Allegheny County.

Judge Clark earned her J.D. from the Duquesne University School of Law in 1983. Following law school, she served as an assistant district attorney, and later deputy district attorney in Allegheny County for 16 years. According to an official bio, in 1999, Governor Tom Ridge appointed Judge Clark to the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, and she was elected to a 10-year term later that year. She was reelected in 2009 and 2019. Judge Clark served in the family division.

JUDGE KIM BERKELEY CLARK, WITH ALL HER FAMILY WHO CAME TO THE RETIREMENT PARTY, DEC. 13, AT THE AUGUST WILSON AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER.

In 2017, Judge Clark was awarded the William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence by the National Center for State Courts, which is one of the highest honors for state Court judges in the U.S. Judge Clark was presented the award by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts at a dinner in Washington, D.C.

Judge Clark was appointed President Judge in 2018 and was the overseer of all divisions of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, including family, orphans, criminal and civil.

The retirement celebration for Judge Clark was held on December 13, 2023, at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center.

JUDGE KIM BERKELEY CLARK WITH RETIRED STATE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE CYNTHIA BALDWIN

 

STATE SUPREME COURT CHIEF JUSTICE DEBRA TODD

 

REGINA WILSON (PHOTOS BY J.L. MARTELLO)

 

 

MAYOR ED GAINEY

 

MORGAN J. MOODY

 

JUDGE KIM BERKELEY CLARK, WITH HER SISTER. 

GABRIELLE LEE

 

JUDGE CLARK, PAUL ELLIS

 

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