2006 Distinguished alumni awards

The Honorable Richard A. Jones
Seattle, Washington
High school graduate 1968
Professional achievement award

Abbot Neal Roth, O.S.B. recalls Richard A. Jones fondly as one of his high school students - a good student, a very good student. “His work as the presiding judge of the 2003 Gary Ridgway (known as the Green River Killer) trial repeatedly demonstrated the very mission of Saint Martin’s,” said Roth. “King County Superior Court Judge Richard A. Jones was conscientious, thorough and fair, and his sense of dignity and compassion set a high standard of decency throughout the proceedings.”

After completing high school at Saint Martin’s in 1968, Jones earned a Public Affairs degree from Seattle University and graduated from the University of Washington law school in 1975. Jones worked as a staff attorney for the Port of Seattle and as an Associate with Bogle & Gates. He served as a Deputy Prosecutor for King County and as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington. Judge Jones was appointed to the King County Superior Court in 1994.

Jones is passionate in his efforts to make equal education a reality for all. He lectures extensively at local legal education programs and teaches several high school programs across the state. He 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 1997/98. His committed involvement with programs honoring Thurgood Marshall and Brown v. Board of Education has inspired many African-American students. In 2001, he received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Loren Miller Bar Association, which helps the social and economic well-being of its predominately African-American members.

Jones served as a trustee for the University of Washington School of Law Foundation until 2002, sat on the Board of Regents of Seattle University until 2005, and is currently a member of the University of Washington Law School Advisory Committee. A Board member of the YMCA of Greater Seattle for the last sixteen years, he recently completed a two-year term as Board President.

Among the many honors and awards earned by Jones for his work as a lawyer and a judge was the 1991 Washington State Bar Association’s Special Recognition Award as well as the King County Bar Association’s Affirmative Action Award. In 2004 he received Judge of the Year Awards from the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, The Asian Bar Association of Washington State, and the King County Bar Association. He was also the 2004 recipient of the Washington State Bar Association’s Outstanding Judge of the Year Award.

Jones and his wife, Leslie, reside in Seattle. They have two children, Karen and Chelon, and four grandchildren.