RALEIGH, N.C. –Campbell Law School Assistant Professor of Law Amos Jones delivered a lecture at Universidad de los Andes on Thursday, Nov. 22. Jones’ lecture, “The U.S. Presidential Election in Context: The Constitution, Racial Politics and the Future of Civil Rights Lawyering,” marked his first-ever appearance in South America. He has presented his research to audiences on three continents.
"Colombia has begun to consider drafting affirmative-action policies targeting the considerable portion of its population that is black, and legal scholars there are looking to the example of the United States for guidance," Jones said. "My presentation emphasized the inherent legitimacy of the analogous U.S. public policy, from its origins in the equality ideals motivating our revolutionary Founding Fathers to its animating the statutory edifice that arose from the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s."
Jones' publications and presentations over the last decade include an uncanny record of unconventional, yet accurate, political forecasts. He teaches in the area of contracts and consults in the areas of employment discrimination and appellate constitutional litigation. This past April he delivered expert testimony at an oversight hearing in Washington, D.C., on the most effective ways to improve enforcement of D.C.'s Human Rights Act of 1978.
Before coming to Campbell Law, Jones practiced in the international trade and commercial litigation groups of Bryan Cave LLP in Washington, D.C. Prior to entering the legal profession, he was a journalist for Pulitzer Prize-winning newspapers in Georgia, Kentucky, New York, and North Carolina.
Jones graduated with honors in political science from Emory University, where he was a Harry S. Truman Scholar, earned his master of science from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, and earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School. While at Harvard, he was awarded a Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship, on which he spent his first year out of law school as a visiting scholar in the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies at Australia’s University of Melbourne.
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