THE HONORABLE LAWRENCE F. CLARK, JR., Senior Judge. He was elected to the Dauphin County Bench in November of 1995, and served in Active Status from January of 1996 to December of 2013; and thereafter retired from Active Status to begin service as a Senior Judge, effective in January of 2014.
Judge Clark was born on March 17, 1943, in Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. He attended Wilkes College and Harrisburg Area Community College. In December of 1964 he graduated from the Pennsylvania State Police Academy in Hershey, later from the Northwestern University Traffic Institute, Evanston, Illinois in June of 1970, and thereafter from Indiana University, Indianapolis Law School in May of 1974.
Judge Clark is the first Pennsylvania State Trooper to graduate from Law School. He was formerly Chief Counsel for the Pennsylvania State Police and an Assistant Attorney General of Pennsylvania, also served as the State Police Academy Legal Officer, and was a Primary Instructor of Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, and numerous other academic and police-related instructional subjects at the State Police Academy. He retired as a sworn member of the Pennsylvania State Police in 1985 with over 20 years of service to the Commonwealth.
Thereafter, he maintained a full-service private law practice from 1985 through 1995. He is a former Special Consultant to the Pennsylvania Senate on matters relating to statewide municipal police jurisdiction and associated issues. He was a duly elected member of the Derry Township Board of Supervisors, Dauphin County (1992 to 1995; serving as Chair in 1993).
Judge Clark is a member of the Hershey Rotary Club and numerous other service oriented professional organizations. He is an Eagle Scout and the first Scout in his Troop to earn that award. Judge Clark is currently serving as a Senior Judge throughout the Commonwealth, including Dauphin County.