Thursday, March 9, 2006

King County Judge to Brief on "Reclaiming Futures"

King County Superior Court Judge Patricia Clark will participate in Capitol Hill policy briefing on the Reclaiming Futures initiative. The initiative, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, brings together courts, treatment providers, and enforcement agencies, and others, in an effort to help substance abusing youth "rise above a downward spiral of substance abuse and crime." As Chief Judge of the Juvenile Court, Judge Clark leads the project at the Seattle/King County site, where it serves over 100 youthful offenders with substance abuse and/or mental health problems. Washington Courts press release.

Judge Clark graduated from the UW in 1987 with a JD and a Master's in Public Administration. She worked in private practice, at the King County Prosecutor's Office, and in the Seattle University law clinic before being appointed (and subsequently elected) to the bench.

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