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The Honorable Hugh Barrington Clarke, Jr.

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Defense Lawyer
Judge

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Goat (Curried)
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
Grow Up To Be Somebody.

Birthplace

Born:
7/14/1954
Birth Location:
Detroit, Michigan

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Defense Lawyer
Judge

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Goat (Curried)
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
Grow Up To Be Somebody.

Birthplace

Born:
7/14/1954
Birth Location:
Detroit
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Biography

Judge Hugh Barrington Clarke, Jr. was born on July 14, 1954, in Detroit, Michigan, to Gwendolyn and Hugh Barrington Clarke, Sr. As a young boy, Clarke enjoyed playing baseball and was influenced by Detroit’s “Motown Sound,” often performing in his school’s talent shows. He attended Pattengill Elementary School and Dixon Elementary School before attending Webber Junior High School as an adolescent. In 1967, during a time of great social and political upheaval, Clarke witnessed the Detroit Riots from his front porch. He went on to graduate at the age of sixteen from Cass Technical High School.

In 1971, Clarke enrolled at Oakland Community College. Afterwards, he pursued his B.S. degree in criminal justice at Wayne State University. Clarke followed his career path by attending the Detroit City Police Academy. However, in 1976, due to a lack of city funding, he accepted a managing position at a women’s clothing store before enrolling at Thomas M. Cooley Law School. While in law school, Clarke worked on the drafting of the Revised Michigan Probate Code and various amendments to the Michigan Code of Criminal Procedure. He graduated in 1979 with his J.D. degree and went on to work for the Associate General Counsel for the State Senate. Then, in 1981, Clarke went to work at the law firm of Rosenbaum and Holland. The firm later added another attorney and changed its name to Rosenbaum, Holland, Clarke and Foster. In 1989, Clarke founded Hugh Clarke and Associates and began working on high profile criminal cases including providing legal services for rapper Tupac Shakur and NFL football player Muhsin Muhammad.

In 2000, Clarke married former Olympic track and field silver medalist, Judith Brown. The married couple went on to have a baby boy, Hugh Barrington Clarke, IV. Clarke became a member of the Lansing Board of Education in 2003 and served as its president in 2007. During that time, he served as chair of the superintendent search committee and chair of the personnel search. In 2010, Clarke was appointed as a judge on the 54-A District Court in Lansing, Michigan.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of The Honorable Hugh Barrington Clarke, Jr.'s interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - The Honorable Hugh Barrington Clarke, Jr. lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - The Honorable Hugh Barrington Clarke, Jr. describes his mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - The Honorable Hugh Barrington Clarke, Jr describes his mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - The Honorable Hugh Barrington Clarke, Jr. talks about his mother's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - The Honorable Hugh Barrington Clarke, Jr. talks about the West Indian immigrant community
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - The Honorable Hugh Barrington Clarke, Jr. describes his father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - The Honorable Hugh Barrington Clarke remembers his trips to Jamaica
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - The Honorable Hugh Barrington Clarke, Jr. remembers Marcus Garvey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable Hugh Barrington Clarke, Jr. talks about the changes in postcolonial Jamaica
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - The Honorable Hugh Barrington Clarke describes his father's personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Honorable Hugh Barrington Clarke, Jr. describes his likeness to his father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - The Honorable Hugh Barrington Clarke, Jr. describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - The Honorable Hugh Barrington Clarke, Jr. remembers his neighborhood on the east side of Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable Hugh Barrington Clarke, Jr. remembers his interest in baseball
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - The Honorable Hugh Barrington Clarke, Jr. recalls the fashions of his youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - The Honorable Hugh Barrington Clarke, Jr. recalls the notable figures in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - The Honorable Hugh Barrington Clarke, Jr. remembers the civil unrest in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - The Honorable Hugh Barrington Clarke, Jr. recalls moving to the northwest side of Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - The Honorable Hugh Barrington Clarke, Jr. remembers the black community in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - The Honorable Hugh Barrington Clarke, Jr. describes his early education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable Hugh Barrington Clarke, Jr. recalls his experiences of school desegregation, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - The Honorable Hugh Barrington Clarke, Jr. recalls his experiences of school desegregation, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - The Honorable Hugh Barrington Clarke, Jr. remembers Webber Middle School in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - The Honorable Hugh Barrington Clarke, Jr. describes his teachers at Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable Hugh Barrington Clarke, Jr. recalls how he secured a job at the Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Company
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - The Honorable Hugh Barrington Clarke, Jr. describes his social life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - The Honorable Hugh Barrington Clarke, Jr. recalls his interest in the Black Panther Party
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - The Honorable Hugh Barrington Clarke, Jr. describes his early aspiration to become a lawyer
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - The Honorable Hugh Barrington Clarke, Jr. recalls the Oakland Community College in Farmington Hills, Michigan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - The Honorable Hugh Barrington Clarke, Jr. remembers his arrest for an unpaid ticket
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - The Honorable Hugh Barrington Clarke, Jr. describes his experiences at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - The Honorable Hugh Barrington Clarke, Jr. describes his experiences at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - The Honorable Hugh Barrington recalls the notable figures at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - The Honorable Hugh Barrington Clarke, Jr. remembers Willie Horton
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - The Honorable Hugh Barrington Clarke, Jr. recalls his start as a criminal defense lawyer
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - The Honorable Hugh Barrington Clarke, Jr. describes the founding of the Lansing Black Lawyers Association
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - The Honorable Hugh Barrington Clarke, Jr. talks about the African American community in Lansing, Michigan
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - The Honorable Hugh Barrington Clarke, Jr. remembers defending Tupac Shakur
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - The Honorable Hugh Barrington Clarke, Jr. remembers representing Muhsin Muhammad
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - The Honorable Hugh Barrington Clarke, Jr. talks about the case of Claude McCollum, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - The Honorable Hugh Barrington Clarke, Jr. talks about the case of Claude McCollum, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - The Honorable Hugh Barrington Clarke, Jr. talks about his presidency of the Lansing Board of Education
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - The Honorable Hugh Barrington Clarke, Jr. describes his concerns for the public schools in Lansing, Michigan
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - The Honorable Hugh Barrington Clarke, Jr. describes his concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - The Honorable Hugh Barrington Clarke, Jr. talks about his plans for the future
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - The Honorable Hugh Barrington Clarke, Jr. reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - The Honorable Hugh Barrington Clarke, Jr. reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - The Honorable Hugh Barrington Clarke, Jr. talks about his family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - The Honorable Hugh Barrington Clarke, Jr. describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - The Honorable Hugh Barrington Clarke, Jr. narrates his photographs