Honorable Richard A. Jones, HS’68
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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 Seattle.
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.
Timothy Dale Crea, Valedictorian
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Timothy Dale Crea ’08 held the Board of Trustees Scholarship, Washington
Academic Team Scholarship and Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship while
attending Saint Martin’s University. Timothy majored in psychology, and
is graduating with a 4.0 grade point average. As a Saint Martin’s
student, he took part in three internships with the Department of
Children and Family Services in Aberdeen, directed in part by Associate
Professor of Psychology Rona Ruben. Timothy began his studies at Grays
Harbor College, where he was named a President’s Scholar, a member of
Phi Theta Kappa and a member of the All-Washington Academic Team. Since
December 2007, he has been a caseworker for the Quinault Indian Nation
in Taholah, Washington, where he represents 18 children and their
families. Timothy and his wife of 31 years, Eilene, have two children
and seven grandchildren.