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Judge Richard A. Jones Biography

The Honorable Richard A. Jones has been a United States District Court Judge in Seattle since his appointment to the federal bench in 2007. Previously, he served as a King County Superior Court Judge for over 13 years.

Judge Jones received a Bachelor of Public Affairs degree from Seattle University in 1972 and is a 1975 University of Washington Law School graduate.

He is currently on the National Board of the YMCA of the USA and has served locally as a Board member with the YMCA of Greater Seattle for over 20 years. He has been on over 25 boards and committees including the Seattle University Board of Regents, National Center for Courts & Media, Center for Children & Youth Justice, and Washington State Bar Association’s Washington Leadership Institute.

He co-founded two Seattle area law student programs: the Northwest Minority Job Fair and First Year Minority Clerkship Program.

During his career, he has received Outstanding Judge Awards from the Washington State Bar Association, Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, Asian Bar Association of Washington State, and King County Bar Association.

In 2004, he received the Alumnus of the Year Award from Seattle University and was honored with Seattle University School of Law Access to Justice Institute’s Award of Distinction in Public Service in 2006.

Judge Jones received a Doctor of Humane Letters Honorary degree from St. Martin’s University in 2008, a Doctor of Laws Honorary degree from Gonzaga University in 2010, and was recognized as a University of Washington School of Law Distinguished Alumnus in 2010.

Most recently, in May 2016, Judge Jones received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in New York City, and was named the recipient of the Charles E. Odegaard Award by the University of Washington’s Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity for his commitment and dedication to social equity and educational opportunity.