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Samuel V. Jones

Associate Dean for SCALES & Inclusive Excellence; Professor of Law


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300 S. State Street, Chicago, Illinois 60604

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(312) 427-2737 ext. 866

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Samuel Vincent Jones is as professor of law, associate dean,  and one of Chicago’s noted public intellectuals. Jones earned his advanced law degree, with recognition, from Columbia Law School in New York City. He holds a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Texas Southern University. He completed his undergraduate degree at Chaminade University of Honolulu, where he majored in Philosophy.

Legal Career

Prior to joining the tenured law faculty at University of Illinois at Chicago, Jones practiced commercial litigation at K&L Gates (formerly, Hughes & Luce, LLP), one of the nation's largest law firms. Thereafter, he served as senior counsel at AT&T, and later as corporate counsel for labor and employment at Blockbuster, Inc., then the nation's largest home entertainment company.

Jones was one of two law professors to be the first African American males in the 117-year history of the John Marshall Law School to receive the rank of full professor. His work has been cited in textbooks and journals at some of the nation’s most prestigious institutions, including, Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Georgetown, and Berkeley, the U.S Advisory Council on Human Trafficking, as well as the United Nations. Jones has served on the visiting residential faculty at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and the University of Florida Levin College of Law, and has presented his work at some of the world's leading universities, including, Harvard and Oxford.

Some other legal honors include being:

  • Appointed multiple times to the faculty of the Supreme Court of Illinois Judicial Education Conference, a mandatory training vehicle for Illinois judges;
  • Awarded the Illinois Judicial Council Chairpersons Award for serving as Special Advisor to the Chair;
  • Awarded the Cook County Bar Association Presidents Award for outstanding contributions to the Cook County Bar Association;
  • Awarded the John Marshall Law School Faculty Scholarship Award for significant contributions to legal scholarship;
  • Named to the National Black Lawyers Top 100 Lawyers;
  • Appointed to the American Bar Association Human Trafficking Task Force, chaired by U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Kendall;
  • Appointed by the Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County to a handpicked committee to select the next superintendent of the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center of Cook County, the largest in the United States, and lead the facility through a rigorous federal oversight transition, chaired by noted Chicago attorney James D. Montgomery;
  • Appointed to Cook County Justice Advisory Council Board chaired by Illinois Supreme Court Justice P. Scott Neville.