Professor Jones holds a Master of Laws, with recognition, from Columbia Law School,
where he was named Teaching Assistant for Columbia highly acclaimed, "Lawyering in
the Digital Age," 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

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

• 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,”

• 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 

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 

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;and
receiving a: 

• Diploma, U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, Charlottesville,

• Diploma, U.S. Army Military Police Officer School, Ft. McClellan, AL 

• Diploma, U.S. Marines Officer Candidate School, Platoon Leaders Course (Jr.), Quantico,

• 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 deadly 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. 

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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