Professor Emeritus James E. Jones inducted into Lincoln University Hall of Fame

James E. Jones, Jr. in 1971<
Professor Jones in 1971

Professor Emeritus James E. Jones has been inducted into the Lincoln University Alumni Hall of Fame.

Jones graduated magna cum laude from the Jefferson City, Missouri, university in 1950, when he earned his bachelor’s degree in government. He went on to receive a master’s degree in industrial relations from the University of Illinois in 1951, and a juris doctor from University of Wisconsin Law School in 1956. Prior to joining the Law School faculty in 1969, he forged a successful career with the U.S. Department of Labor in the earliest days of equal employment and affirmative action policy.

UW Law’s first black professor, Jones retired from teaching in 1993, yet his impact is still felt. Notably, he developed the William H. Hastie Teaching Fellowship, a nationally regarded LL.M. degree program for lawyers of color. In 2013, the Wisconsin Law Review commemorated Jones’ accomplishments with a series of tribute essays written by colleagues and former Hastie Fellows.

Jones has received many honors for his academic contributions, including UW-Madison’s Hilldale Award for excellence in teaching, research and service in 1991, and Wisconsin Law Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Award in 1995. He was inducted into the National Bar Association’s Hall of Fame in 1999.

Lincoln University established its Hall of Fame in 2000 to recognize its most prestigious alumni for their accomplishments. The 2014 honorees were inducted at a ceremony on July 12.


Submitted by Law School News on July 17, 2014

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