An entrenched color barrier that stood 155 years in Saginaw County’s Judicial System fell on August 10, 1990, when Judge Terry L. Clark was sworn as Saginaw County’s first African American Judge.
One of ten brothers and sisters, Judge Clark was born and raised in Saginaw. Judge Clark is a District Court Judge for the 70th Judicial District Court in Saginaw. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law.
Judge Clark’s extensive experience is complemented by membership in Michigan District Judges Association, in which he served as President for the 2011 calendar year, the Association of Black Judges of Michigan, the State Bar of Michigan and Saginaw County Bar Associations, 2013 Chair of the Judicial conference of the State Bar of Michigan. Judge Clark was a former partner in the law firm of Jensen, Smith and Clark, and a former Assistant Saginaw County Prosecutor. He is a 1973 graduate of Buena Vista High School and is a member of New Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church. He is a life member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity.
In addition to his courtroom responsibilities, Judge Clark recognizes the value of community service and is a strong supporter of programs to aid our nation’s youth. Judge Clark has a multitude of social and civic affiliations and has received many honors and awards.