2024 Lifetime Achievement Award: The Honorable Judge Kim Berkeley Clark

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Judge Kim Berkeley Clark served as the President Judge of the 5th Judicial District of Pennsylvania (Allegheny County) from 2019 through 2023.   She is the first African American to serve as President Judge in Allegheny County.  Judge Clark serves as a judge of the Family Division, where she primarily hears Juvenile Court cases.  Judge Clark served as the Administrative Judge of the Family Division from January 2006 to January 2009 and from 2013 through 2017.  Judge Clark currently serves as the Chairperson of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Committee of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and served as the Chairperson of the Pennsylvania Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission from 2015-2022, and the President of the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network from March 2020 until September 2022.  She is a past President of the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges and the Allegheny County Bar Association.  She is a member of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Juvenile Procedural Rules Committee and the American Bar Association Juvenile Justice Standards Task Force.   

Judge Clark is a frequent lecturer, speaker, and panelist on subjects such as juvenile law, trauma-informed courts, engaging incarcerated parents, implicit bias, servant leadership, and procedural justice at universities and colleges and for organizations such as the American Humane Society, the North American Council on Adoptable Children, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Pediatric Society, Pittsburgh Action Against Rape, Holy Family Institute and many others.  In 2011, Judge Clark was a keynote speaker for the 1st Canadian conference on Family Group Conferencing in Toronto.  

Judge Clark has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Drum Major of Justice Award from the Homer S. Brown Division of the Allegheny County Bar Association (2012) and Woman of Distinction in Law from the Girl Scouts of Western PA (2012), the Judge Homer S. Brown Award from the Pittsburgh NAACP (2012), the Phillip Werner Amram Award from the Allegheny County Bar Association (2012), The Athena Award (2012), the Susan B. Anthony Award from the Women’s Bar Association of Western PA (2013),  Woman of Legacy in the PNC Legacy Project (2015); the Ronald H. Brown Leadership Award from the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh (2018); the Gwen’s Girls See the Best in Me Equity Award (2019), Carlow University Woman of Spirit (2020), the A. Philip Randolph Institute Bayard Rustin Award (2022), the Three Rivers Youth Nellie Leadership Award (2023), and the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pennsylvania Bar Association (2023).

In June of 2013, Judge Clark had the honor of moderating a panel discussion on the needs of caregivers of children of incarcerated parents at the White House.   In November of 2017, Judge Clark received the William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence.  The Rehnquist Award, presented annually by the National Center for State Courts, is one of the nation’s highest judicial honors. 

In June of 2023, Judge Clark received The History Makers Award in Law from the Senator John Heinz History Center in association with the Smithsonian Institution.  The History Makers Award is the highest award given by the History Center annually, honoring individuals with Pittsburgh roots/connections who have made a lasting influence and great impact on the region, the nation, and the world.

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