Judge Saint Clair joined the Criminal Division of the Office of the King County Prosecuting Attorney shortly after his graduation from the University of Washington Law School and his completion of undergraduate work at Yale University. After leaving the prosecutor’s office in 1986, he opened a private practice in Bellevue where he specialized in criminal defense work.
Judge Saint Clair was appointed to the Northeast Division of the King County District Court in September of 1991. Judge Saint Clair was elected the Presiding Judge for King County District Court in the fall of 2001 and served as presiding judge until July of 2004, when he was appointed to the King County Superior Court by Governor Gary Locke. In January of 2012, Judge Saint Clair was assigned to the King County Juvenile Court, where he presided over Truancies, Juvenile Drug Court, Offender Calendars, and Trials. He retired from his appointment in March 1, 2019.
Judge Saint Clair has been active in the courts concerning technology advancements as well as in Drug Court programs. While active on the bench, he served as the Chair of the King County Superior Court/Department of Judicial Administration Technology Committee where they have implemented Electronic Court Orders in Juvenile Courtrooms. He has been recognized for his work in the drug courts by the New York Times and currently sits on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Drug Courts Professionals.
Judge Saint Clair is regularly involved in programs to help the community and is particularly interested in technology and homelessness issues. In 2003 Judge Saint-Clair was awarded the King County Bar Association’s Outstanding Judge of the Year. In January 2009, Judge Saint Clair was the recipient of the King County Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award. He is currently on tap to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for the Loren Miller Bar Association later this month.
Judge Saint Clair’s experience serving the Juvenile Court gives him a unique perspective on the issue of human trafficking and we are grateful he will be adding his voice to the cause of Escape to Peace as our keynote speaker.