Darcel Denise Clark became the 13th District Attorney for Bronx County on January 1, 2016. She is the first woman in that position and the first African-American woman to be a District Attorney in New York State.
Prior to her election, District Attorney Clark served as an Associate Justice for the NYS Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Department; a NYS Supreme Court Justice in Bronx County; and a Criminal Court Judge in Bronx and New York Counties. She spent more than 16 years on the bench.
District Attorney Clark is a lifelong Bronxite, raised in NYCHA’s Soundview Houses. She attended public schools, graduating from Harry S Truman High School. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Boston College, where she was the first recipient of the University’s Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Scholarship, and earned her law degree at the Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C.
District Attorney Clark returned home in 1986 to begin her legal career at the Bronx District Attorney’s Office. She prosecuted many cases, including drug felonies, violent crimes and homicides. District Attorney Clark served as a Supervising ADA in the Narcotics Bureau and the Deputy Chief of the Criminal Court Bureau. In 1999, she left the Office for her first judicial post.
District Attorney Clark also serves on the Boston College Board of Trustees and has served in leadership positions in the National Association of Women Judges and the Black Bar Association of Bronx County.
She is married to Eaton “Ray” Davis, a veteran NYPD Detective.
Throughout her career in public service, District Attorney Clark has endeavored to earn the trust of the people of the Bronx. As Bronx District Attorney, she hopes to make the Bronx District Attorney’s Office a beacon of swift, certain justice for all.