Amos N. Jones
Amos Jones teaches and writes in the areas of civil rights, religious freedom, legal ethics, and contracts, focusing on contemporary conflicts resulting from competing liberties enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. After seven years of practice involving national-security regulation as well as employment and religious-liberty litigation, Professor Jones pursues a scholarly agenda critiquing legal remedies for racial and religious discrimination derived from the fundamental law. He also evaluates the legal profession’s moderating function amid the clashing of these interests. Publications under contract for 2013-14 include articles in the Widener Journal of Law, Economics & Race and the North Carolina Law Review.
Professor Jones advocates publicly. In addition to contributing to an array of legal and popular publications and media programs, he has advised Republic of Georgia scholar-practitioners on liberty provisions of the constitution framed after that country’s Rose Revolution of 2003. He has been invited to present before leading law faculties on four continents, including Monash University (Australia), Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia/South America), and Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (Germany/Europe). In 2012, he delivered expert testimony during the Budget Oversight Hearings for the District of Columbia’s Office and Commission on Human Rights, critiquing enforcement practices before former mayor Marion Barry, Chair of the council’s Committee on Aging and Community Affairs. Professor Jones’s televised testimony informed the D.C. Attorney General’s bringing of charges in late 2013 against a Section 8 management company that had improperly barred a Bible study group from a Methodist-related seniors’ housing complex near the White House. Also in 2013, Professor Jones argued a First Amendment case of first impression at the Kentucky Supreme Court, which had granted discretionary review in a racial discrimination/ministerial exception case highlighting potential conflicts between enforcement of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the First Amendment’s religious-freedom clauses. Other matters on which Professor Jones consults involve large, powerful institutions and companies accused by particular groups of illegally discriminating based on age, race, and/or gender.
Before coming to Campbell, Professor Jones practiced for three years in the international trade and commercial litigation groups of Bryan Cave LLP in Washington, D.C., where he developed unique expertise on the growing reach of the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938 and related counterespionage regulations. Prior to entering the legal profession, he was a journalist for Pulitzer Prize-winning newspapers including The Atlanta Constitution, The Charlotte Observer, the Lexington (Kentucky) Herald-Leader, and The (New York) Journal News. He played viola professionally with the Charlotte Philharmonic Orchestra in its 2000-01 season.
Professor Jones graduated with honors in Political Science from Emory University, where he was a Harry S. Truman Scholar, a Robert W. Woodruff Scholar, a National Merit Scholar, and a member of USA Today’s year 2000 All-USA College Academic First Team. He earned the Master of Science from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and the J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he served as an Executive Editor of both the Harvard BlackLetter Law Journal and the Harvard Human Rights Journal. 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. There, he studied the development of Bills of Rights in the Australian setting, served as a Resident Tutor in Whitley College, and completed a lead article for an issue of the Georgia State Law Review that was published the following year.
A Trustee of The First Baptist Church Foundation in Washington, D.C., and a former Resident Trustee of International House New York, Professor Jones is serving his second consecutive year as Vice Chair of Campbell Law’s Faculty Recruitment Committee.
Professor Jones joined the Campbell Law faculty in 2011.