Honorable Richard A. Jones, HS’68, commencement speaker
Forty years ago, the Honorable Richard A. Jones graduated from Saint
Martin’s High School. He returns to Saint Martin’s today, just two years
after receiving the 2006 Saint Martin’s Distinguished Alumnus Award, as a
United States District Court Judge for the Western District of Washington in
Judge Jones’ appointment to the federal judiciary in October 2007 — an
appointment that won extensive praise and bipartisan support — is the latest
milestone in an illustrious career.
After receiving his high school diploma from Saint Martin’s in 1968,
Jones earned a B.A. in public affairs from Seattle University and a J.D.
from the University of Washington School of Law. He went on to work as a
staff attorney for the Port of Seattle, an associate with Seattle-based law
firm Bogle & Gates, a deputy prosecutor for King County and an Assistant
United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington before being
appointed as King County Superior Court Judge in 1994.
Jones has received countless accolades for his work as a lawyer and
judge. In 2004, he was named Judge of the Year by the Washington State Bar
Association, the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, the Asian Bar
Association of Washington State and the King County Bar Association. He also
has received the Washington State Bar Association’s Special Recognition
Award and the King County Bar Association’s Affirmative Action Award. In
2001, he was presented with the prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award by
the Loren Miller Bar Association, which supports the social and economic
well-being of its predominately African-American members.
Beyond the courtroom, Jones is well known for his commitment to
education, community service and civic activities. He frequently lectures at
regional legal education programs and has been an instructor at the United
States Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute, the Executive Office of the
United States Attorney in Washington, D.C., and the Washington State
Judicial College, where he served as Dean in 1997 and 1998. Judge Jones is
also a faculty member at the National Judicial College and the National
Center for Courts and Media. He serves on several boards and committees,
including the Seattle University Board of Regents, the University of
Washington Law School Advisory Committee and the board of the YMCA of
Greater Seattle, and has been active in programs honoring Thurgood Marshall
and Brown v. Board of Education.