Jack B. Clarke

Partner

Tel: (951) 826-8233

Location(s)

At a Glance

Jack handles litigation concerning education law, special education disputes, public agency litigation and other types of substantial matters.
 
He is the recipient of numerous honors related to both his practice and his service to the community.
 
Jack was the first African-American to chair the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce.
 

Jack B. Clarke, Jr. is a partner in the Education Law practice group of the Riverside office of Best Best & Krieger LLP. He joined BB&K right after graduating from law school, and has made his mark on the community and the profession since then as a leader both within and outside the firm.
 
Jack handles litigation concerning education law, special education disputes, public agency litigation and other types of substantial matters. Jack has successfully defended school districts and other education clients in student disciplinary matters, civil rights and Constitutional claims and special education due process hearings.
 
Jack is the recipient of numerous honors related to both his practice and his service to the community. From the Riverside County Bar Association and California Law Business magazine to the NAACP and the American Diabetes Association, Jack’s contributions as an attorney and human and civil rights advocate are celebrated by these prestigious organizations. Jack was the first African -American to chair the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce and he also served as chair of the Mayor’s Use-of-Force Review Panel in 1999 following the high-profile police shooting death of Tyisha Miller in Riverside, California.
 
Jack is a frequent speaker on special education matters. He speaks on subjects such as manifestation determination procedures and assessment procedures for children with exceptional needs. Jack presented at the Association of California School Administrators, the Safe Schools Conference, North Coastal Consortium of Special Education, McGeorge School of Law, Trujillo & Trujillo, the Riverside County Bar Association, the Speech and Language Pathologists Committee No. 10, the Riverside County Office of Education, LRP, and several school districts and SELPAs within Southern California.
 
In law school, Jack was elected to the Order of the Barristers, a national honorary society for outstanding achievement in courtroom advocacy, and served as staff writer on the Legislative Review of the Pacific Law Journal. He also received the United States Law Week Award for Outstanding Contributions to the law school community. He is a graduate of the National Institute on Trial Advocacy. He is admitted to practice in the State of California.
 
Education

  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, J.D., with distinction
  • University of California, Riverside, B.S., business


Memberships

  • The City of Riverside Innovation District Working Group, co-chair
  • Riverside County Bar Association
  • Raincross Group
  • Frank Miller Outstanding Civic Achievement Award, Mission Inn Foundation, 2015
  • Riverside African-American Historical Society Annual Meeting Award, 2015
  • Terry Bridges Outstanding Attorney Award, Leo A. Deegan Inn of Court, 2012
  • Omar Stratton Award, NAACP, 2011
  • Father of the Year Award, American Diabetes Foundations, 2011
  • James Krieger Meritorious Services Award, Riverside County Bar Association, 2010
  • Legal Eagle Award, Riverside Opportunity Center, 2009
  • 100 Most Influential Lawyers in California, California Law Business
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Event Feb 13-15, 2019

ACSA's 2019 Every Child Counts Symposium

Association of California School Administrators

Event Aug 25, 2018

State & Federal Laws Affecting Special Education

ACSA Academy

Event Feb 15, 2018

What are Student Records and What are Public Records

ACSA Every Child Counts Symposium

Event Feb 10, 2018

State and Federal Laws Impacting Special Education

ACSA Academy

Event Nov 17, 2017

Discipline/Behavior Issues

ACSA Special Education Academy

Riverside Students Received Backpacks
BB&K In the News Aug 29, 2017

Riverside Students Received Backpacks

BB&K’s Annual Operation Backpack Came to Hawthorne Elementary

Event Feb 1-3, 2017

Every Child Counts Symposium: Making School the Happiest Place for Students

Association of California School Administrators

Event Jan 27, 2017

Discipline/Behavior Issues

ACSA Special Education Academy

Event Jan 26, 2017

Special Education Legal Panel

The Orange County Special Education Alliance

Riverside Community Leaders Examining Innovation District for Riverside
BB&K In the News May 26, 2016

Riverside Community Leaders Examining Innovation District for Riverside

BB&K Partner Jack B. Clarke, Jr. is Co-Chair of Mayor’s Innovation District Working Group

Event Feb 26, 2016

Behavior/Discipline Issues

ACSA Special Education Academy

Event Jan 15, 2016

Navigating A Legal Swamp: How Does the IDEA Interact with the Americans with Disabilities Act and with Section 504

ACSA Every Child Counts Symposium

BB&K Event Oct 30, 2015

Special Education Seminar

Special Education Update: The Questions Remain the Same...The Answers Continue to Evolve

BB&K Partner Jack B. Clarke, Jr. Honored by Riverside African-American Historical Society
Press Releases Oct 23, 2015

BB&K Partner Jack B. Clarke, Jr. Honored by Riverside African-American Historical Society

The Long-Serving Education Attorney and Prominent Figure in the Riverside Area was Selected for His Impact on the Community

Presentations