Judge Richard A. Jones Biography

The Honorable Richard A. Jones is a United States District Court Judge for the Western District of Washington in Seattle, Washington. He served as a King County Superior Court Judge for 13½ years before his appointment to the federal bench in 2007.

Judge Jones received a Bachelor of Public Affairs degree from Seattle University in 1972, and is a 1975 University of Washington Law School graduate. During his career, he has been on over 25 boards and committees such as the Seattle University Board of Regents, National Center for Courts & Media, Center for Children & Youth Justice, and the Washington Leadership Institute. He co-founded two Seattle area law student programs: the Northwest Minority Job Fair and First Year Minority Clerkship Program.

Judge Jones currently serves on the National Board of the YMCA of the USA and has volunteered and served locally as a Board member with the YMCA of Greater Seattle for over two decades. He was honored in 2007 with the YMCA’s A.K. Guy Award for his exceptional volunteer contributions to the community.

Judge Jones received Outstanding Judge Awards in 2004 from the Washington State Bar Association, Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, Asian Bar Association of Washington State, and King County Bar Association. Also in 2004, he received the Alumnus of the Year Award from Seattle University. Seattle University’s Access of Justice Institute gave Judge Jones an Award of Distinction in Public Service in 2006. He received a Doctor of Humane Letters Honorary Degree from St. Martin’s University in 2008, and most recently received a Doctor of Laws Honorary degree from Gonzaga University in 2010.

Judge Jones was inducted into Honorary Membership in the Washington Chapter of The Order of the Coif and was selected as a University of Washington School of Law Distinguished Alumnus.