About Samuel V. Jones

Professor Jones holds the "Legum Magister" advanced law degree, with recognition, from Columbia University Law School, where he was named Teaching Assistant for Columbia's highly acclaimed, "Lawyering in the Digital Age" clinic, and admitted into Columbia’s highly selective Legal Theory Workshop faculty seminar. Professor Jones also holds a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Texas Southern University, where he was named Teaching Assistant to the Dean of Law School, and earned prestigious awards for Best Moot Court Brief and Best Moot Court Oralist. He was also one of eight Black men selected out of the entire Texas Southern University student body for distinguished achievement.
Professor Jones was a highly accomplished attorney before entering the legal academy. He was an associate with Hughes & Luce, LLP (n/k/a K&L Gates), one of the nation's largest law firms. He also served as Senior Counsel at AT&T Corp, where he was legal advisor to AT&T executives, represented AT&T in negotiations with government agencies and public hearings, and
drafted a wide range of legal agreements and memoranda.
Professor Jones also served as Corporate Counsel at Blockbuster, Inc., formerly the nation's largest home entertainment company. There he supervised labor and employment litigation in the U.S. and Canada, oversaw labor and employment training and internal functions in 12 U.S. states, and represented Blockbuster in more than 100 negotiations and mediations, achieving an exceptionally high rate of positive outcomes.
Since joining the law school, Professor Jones has served on the residential faculty at Northwestern University School of Law and the University of Florida Levin College of Law. He has also amassed numerous legal awards and honors, including, but not limited to being:
• Appointed to the American Bar Association Section of Litigation Leadership as a member of the Human Trafficking Task Force, 2012-2013
• Appointed "Faculty Scholar," Pepperdine University School of Law, International Alternative Dispute Resolution Conference & Workshop in 2011& 2012
• Appointed to Illinois Judges Association Diversity Committee, 2014
• Appointed Guest Faculty by Supreme Court of Illinois to instruct judges at the high court's mandatory training conference for Illinois judges, 2012, 2014, and 2016
• Awarded the Illinois Judicial Council "Chairpersons Award" for serving as “Special Advisor to the Chair,” 2010
• Awarded the Cook County Bar Association "Presidential Award" for “outstanding contributions to the Cook County Bar Association,” 2010
• Selected from among approximately 75 faculty members to receive the John Marshall Law School Faculty Scholarship Award for “significant contributions to legal scholarship,” 2009-10.
• Appointed by the Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County to a committee of ten from among all legal and medical professionals in Cook County to select the next Superintendent of the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, 2014, and appointed to a handpicked team to lead the facility through a rigorous transition process.
Additionally, for the academic year 2014-2015, Professor Jones ranked within the Top 5 of the most cited law professors at the John Marshall Law School and is the first Black male to apply and receive the rank of Full Professor of Law at the John Marshall Law School.

Professor Jones has also distinguished himself in the service of our nation, where he ascended to Major (field grade officer rank) from Private (lowest rank) within 20 years. He is a former U.S. Army Judge Advocate, U.S. Army Military Police Captain, and U.S. Marines rifleman/scout. He has received numerous military awards and honors, including, but not limited to, being:
• Awarded The Army Commendation Medal for exceptional dedication;
• Awarded The Army Achievement Medal by the Secretary of the Army for “exceptional meritorious achievement as an instructor;”
• Awarded The Army Achievement Medal by the Secretary of the Army for being named, “Distinguished Honor Graduate” of a rigorous training certification course;
• Awarded the U.S. Navy Meritorious Unit Citation for actions as a Marine scout in the Navy SEAL directed counterterrorism program known as Red Cell;
• Awarded the National Defense Service Medal for conduct during The Gulf War;
• Awarded a personalized expression of gratitude from former Secretary of State, Gen. (Ret)) Colin Powell;
• Appointed to U.S. Army Special Operations position;
• Selected for advanced training at the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center & School;
• Selected to attend U.S. Marines Officer Candidate School;
• Selected to attend U.S. Army Officer Candidate School;
• Selected to serve as the Battalion Commander’s Equal Opportunity Representative;
• Diploma, U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, Charlottesville, VA
• Diploma, U.S. Army Military Police Officer School, Ft. McClellan, AL
• Diploma, U.S. Marines Officer Candidate School, Platoon Leaders Course (Jr.), Quantico, VA
• Diploma, U.S. Army Officer Candidate School, Ft. Benning, Georgia
• Diploma, U.S. Marines Noncommissioned Officers Leadership Course, Kaneohe, HI

Professor Jones is a recognized authority on judicial ethics, human trafficking and use of force. His legal scholarship has focused primarily on the protection of endangered populations, i.e., human trafficking victims, civilian victims of armed conflict, and males from historically marginalized groups. He is also a member of the board of directors for the Chicago Innocence Center.
Professor Jones has conducted legal ethics training for the Illinois Judges Association, the Illinois Judicial Council, and the Illinois Office of the Governor.
Professor Jones joined the faculty in 2007 and became a member of its tenured faculty in 2011. He teaches Contracts, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Criminal Law, and Professional Responsibility.


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The John Marshall Law School
315 South Plymouth Court
Chicago, Illinois 60604
Phone: 312.427.2737 ext. 866
Email: 7jones@jmls.edu

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