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The Honorable Anne-Marie Clarke

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Family Court Commissioner
Hearing Officer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Lobster
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Las Vegas, Nevada
Favorite Quote:
You Never Have a Second Chance to Make a First Impression.

Birthplace

Born:
6/25/1949
Birth Location:
St. Louis, Missouri

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Family Court Commissioner
Hearing Officer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Lobster
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Las Vegas, Nevada
Favorite Quote:
You Never Have a Second Chance to Make a First Impression.

Birthplace

Born:
6/25/1949
Birth Location:
St. Louis
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Biography

Attorney and St. Louis Family Court Commissioner Anne-Marie Clarke was born in St. Louis, Missouri to Thomas Phillip Clarke, an attorney, and Mary Ann Vincent Clarke, a former hospital nurse supervisor. Clarke graduated from Rosati-Kain High School, an all-female Catholic college preparatory academy.

Clarke attended Northwest Missouri State University, graduating in 1970 with her B.A. degree in political science after only three years of study. Clarke entered Saint Louis University’s School of Law and earned her J.D. degree in 1973. In 1979, Clarke married Richard K. Gaines, who would join Clarke in becoming a long standing civic servant in the St. Louis area.

In 1981, Clarke became president of the Mound City Bar Association, a position she remained in for two years. One year after leaving the presidency, Clarke wrote a significant piece for the St. Louis Bar Journal entitled “The History of the Black Bar,” which has been cited in a number of prominent publications, including J. Clay Smith’s 1999 book Emancipation: The Making of the Black Lawyer 1844-1944.

Clarke became Juvenile Division Hearing Officer for the 22nd Judicial Circuit Court of Missouri (City of St. Louis) in 1986, where she would remain for twelve years. During her time in this position, Clarke was known for developing innovative sentences for juveniles who had committed crimes. The same year that Clarke became the Juvenile Division Hearing Officer, she joined the Board of Governors for The Missouri Bar, becoming the first black member of the organization.

In 1993, Missouri governor, Mel Carnahan, appointed Clarke as a member of the City of St. Louis’ Board of Police Commissioners, making her the first African American woman to serve on the Board. She was also elected treasurer by the Board’s members. The following year, Clarke became the first female president of the Board after a unanimous election. After four years as president, Clarke resigned from the Board and became the Family Court Commissioner for the 22nd Judicial Court (City of St. Louis). She has been a member of the National Bar Association Judicial Council for many years. In 2004, Clarke was elected a member of the Judicial Council’s Executive Board, and in June 2005, Clarke was assigned to the Domestic Relations Division.

Clarke was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on October 19, 2007.

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  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - The Honorable Anne-Marie Clarke talks about her father's involvement in the Missouri Bar and the National Bar Association
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable Anne-Marie Clarke describes her father's mentor, David M. Grant
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - The Honorable Anne-Marie Clarke recalls how her parents met, and her home growing up in St. Louis, Missouri
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  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - The Honorable Anne-Marie Clarke describes her grade school years at Visitation Academy, a Catholic school in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable Anne-Marie Clarke recalls teachers at Visitation Academy in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - The Honorable Anne-Marie Clarke describes Rosati-Kain High School in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - The Honorable Anne-Marie Clarke recalls classes and playing the bassoon at Rosati-Kain High School in St. Louis, Missouri
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  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - The Honorable Anne-Marie Clarke recalls her memories of the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - The Honorable Anne-Marie Clarke recalls summer trips to Bay St. Louis, Mississippi during her childhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable Anne-Marie Clarke recalls segregation in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - The Honorable Anne-Marie Clarke talks about the decline of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina
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  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - The Honorable Anne-Marie Clarke recalls her experience at Rosati-Kain High School in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable Anne-Marie Clarke describes attending Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - The Honorable Anne-Marie Clarke describes majoring in political science at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - The Honorable Anne-Marie Clarke remembers her father's advice about hard work and education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - The Honorable Anne-Marie Clarke describes St. Louis University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - The Honorable Anne-Marie Clarke talks about her admittance to the Missouri bar and working for HistoryMaker Wayman Smith
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - The Honorable Anne-Marie Clarke describes working in Boston, Massachusetts and taking the Missouri bar exam
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - The Honorable Anne-Marie Clarke recalls working at Northeast Utilities in Connecticut before returning to St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - The Honorable Anne-Marie Clarke talks about working as staff counsel for the St. Louis, Missouri's metro area public transit system
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - The Honorable Anne-Marie Clarke describes two of her legal mentors, HistoryMakers Margaret Bush Wilson and Wayman Smith
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - The Honorable Anne-Marie Clarke talks about HistoryMakers Frankie Freeman and Margaret Bush Wilson
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - The Honorable Anne-Marie Clarke recounts her bid to become referee of Missouri's juvenile courts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - The Honorable Anne-Marie Clarke recounts her appointment to the St. Louis, Missouri Board of Police Commissioners, pt. 1
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  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - The Honorable Anne-Marie Clarke describes conflicts within the St. Louis, Missouri Board of Police Commissioners and with Police Chief Clarence Harmon
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - The Honorable Anne-Marie Clarke recounts her 1994 run for president of the St. Louis, Missouri Board of Police Commissioners
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  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - The Honorable Anne-Marie Clarke talks about researching the history of African American bar associations
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - The Honorable Anne-Marie Clarke talks about the Mound City Bar Association and pioneering black lawyers in Missouri
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - The Honorable Anne-Marie Clarke talks about former Missouri circuit court judge Evelyn Baker
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - The Honorable Anne-Marie Clarke describes her judicial philosophy and her truancy court program in St. Louis, Missouri public schools
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - The Honorable Anne-Marie Clarke describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - The Honorable Anne-Marie Clarke reflects upon her life and what she would do differently
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - The Honorable Anne-Marie Clarke reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - The Honorable Anne-Marie Clarke describes how she would like to be remembered