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Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Clark is ULM’s fall commencement speaker

Published November 21, 2014

Justice Marcus R. Clark, Louisiana Supreme Court Justice, University of Louisiana at Monroe graduate, and Sulphur native, will serve as the Commencement speaker for ULM’s fall ceremony at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec.6, in Fant-Ewing Coliseum.

Clark graduated from ULM with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice in 1978. He went on to obtain the rank of Detective at the Ouachita Parish Sherriff’s Office before leaving in 1982 to attend the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University.

In 1985, Clark earned his Juris Doctorate and began working for the Ouachita Parish District Attorney’s Office. By 1990, he was the Chief Felony Drug Prosecutor.

Clark is the co-author of the Louisiana Drug Asset Forfeiture Law and Co-author of the National TOP Gun Seminar.

Justice Clark began his judicial career in 1997 when he was elected District Judge in the Fourth Judicial District Court. During his tenure as judge he volunteered to serve as a Drug Court Judge from 2000-2001 for the newly developing Drug Court Program, and as Chief Judge from 2004-2006.

In 2009, Justice Clark was elected to the Louisiana Supreme Court. He is a member of the Louisiana Bar Association and Fourth Judicial District Court Bar Association and past member of the Louisiana District Judges Association and Louisiana District Judges Association Executive Committee. 

Clark has served on a number of committees and boards including the New Judgeship Committee, Ad Hoc NCSC Study Committee, Criminal Judges Committee, Salary & Personnel Committee, Court Technology Committee and the Supreme Court Uniform Rules Committee.  In addition to professional committees he has volunteered to serve on a number of community awareness committees as well.  He enjoys lecturing and has been a repeat lecturer for the North Delta Police Training Academy, Louisiana Sheriff’s Association, Louisiana District Attorney’s Association, and District Judges Association.

He currently serves on several boards and committees including Chairman of the Budgetary Control Board, the Sheriff’s Executive Management Institute Board, the Internal Audit Committee, the Human Resources Committee, and is the Supreme Court’s liaison to the Louisiana District Judges’ Association.

Justice Clark resides in West Monroe with his wife Allyson—a neo-natal nurse at St. Francis Medical Center—and his two children, Nicole and Cooper.