Judge Clarke, Cedar Falls, was appointed to the bench in 1984 serving first as an associate juvenile court judge and then being appointed district court judge in 1997. He was born in Des Moines, Iowa, and earned his bachelor's degree from Conception (MO)Seminary College in 1967. In 1973 he graduated with his law degree from the University of Mississippi. In addition to four years of private practice, he served as Black Hawk County public defender, and worked at the Central Mississippi Services before being appointed to the associate juvenile bench. Judge Clarke is a member of the Iowa Judges Association, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and the Black Hawk County and Iowa State Bar Associations. He co-chairs the Iowa Supreme Court Select Committee to Review State Court Practices in Child Welfare Matters. Judge Clarke is married with two sons.