This weeks Black Westchester – Black History Maker is Associate Justice Darcel Denise Clark who became the 13th District Attorney for Bronx County, January 1, 2016 and the first African-American woman to hold the office in New York State.
Prior to her election, Ms. Clark served as an Associate Justice for the NYS Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Department, and as a Justice of the NYS Supreme Court, Bronx County as well as a Judge of the Criminal Court in Bronx and New York Counties, spending more than 16 years on the bench.
A native Bronxite who was raised in NYCHA’s Soundview Houses, and is a product of the New York City public school system, District Attorney Clark graduated from Truman High School before receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Boston College, where she was the first recipient of the University’s Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Scholarship. D.A. Clark then attended the Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C., where she served as Class President for each of her three years in law school.
After earning her law degree at Howard, District Attorney Clark returned home in 1986 to begin her legal career at the Bronx District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney. After trying many cases as a prosecutor, including drug felonies, violent crimes and homicides, D.A. Clark served as a Supervising ADA in the Narcotics Bureau and eventually became the Deputy Chief of the Criminal Court Bureau. In 1999, she left the Office to accept her first judicial post.
Having dedicated her life to public service, District Attorney Clark has devoted herself to the Bronx, not only as a native and resident of the borough, but also as someone who has worked to earn the public trust.
District Attorney Clark also serves on the Boston College Board of Trustees and has served in leadership positions in the National Association of Women Judges and the Black Bar Association of Bronx County.
DA Darcel Clark is married to a NYPD Detective, Eaton “Ray” Davis.
BW salutes and congratulates Darcel Denise Clark on making history and becoming the first African-American woman District Attorney in the Bronx County’s 13 District.