Retired 1st JDC Judge James E. “Jim/Buck” Clark died Sunday, December 23, 2012. He was a 1952 graduate of Louisiana Tech University and a 1957 graduate of LSU Law School, where he earned his LL.B degree. From graduation until taking his oath as judge, he practiced continuously and was a senior partner with the Shreveport firm of Cook, Clark, Egan, Yancey & King. In 1972 he was elected to the 1st JDC, and served there until his retirement in 1990, which included two terms as Chief Judge of that court. Judge Clark served as President of the Louisiana District Judges Association and was a delegate to the National Conference of State Trial Judges of the ABA. He was one of the original incorporators of the Caddo-Bossier Legal Aid Society, later serving as chairman of the board; and was an original board member and, later, chairman of the Caddo Parish Indigent Defender Program. He served on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps and in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, from which he was discharged as a Captain.