Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Michael D. Jones to Serve as Co-Chair of Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law’s Board of Directors

Congrats to Trustee Michael Jones, Dillard Class of 1982.

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Michael D. Jones to Serve as Co-Chair of Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law’s Board of Directors

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 5, 2012, 2012 – Michael D. Jones, partner in the D.C. office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, was officially installed as co-chair of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law’s board of directors on September 10th.  As co-chair with Jane C. Sherburne, senior executive vice president of BNY Mellon and the company's general counsel and corporate secretary, he will lead an influential board of over 200 members.  His term officially began on September 1st and a welcome reception was held his honor on September 18th. 

“Mr. Jones brings a wealth of experience, leadership skills and compassion to our board,” said Lawyers’ Committee President and Executive Director Barbara Arnwine.  “His invaluable insight will help to further distinguish us as a leading civil rights organization as we continue our quest to move America toward justice.  Since joining the Lawyers’ Committee’s board of trustees in July 2003 and being elected to the board of directors in June 2009, he continues to be a creative and dynamic force.”

Jones and his colleagues have served as co-counsel with the Lawyers’ Committee on several key cases.  His numerous outstanding accolades include being noted as one of the top 10 trial attorneys in the nation by The National Law Journal in their feature, Winning: Successful Strategies From 10 of the Nation’s Leading Litigators.  Most recently, he served with Lawyers’ Committee Chief Counsel Jon Greenbaum in litigation work in the Maryland Historically Black Colleges and Universities case (Coalition for Equity and Excellence in Maryland Higher Education, Inc., v. Maryland Higher Education Commission, et al.) in a six-week trial was held from January 3rd through February 9th in which equality in funding and programming for the state’s minority higher education institutions was sought.  This case spawned considerable media attention to stark inequities in funding of historically black colleges and universities in Maryland and became a rallying cause in the African American Community.  

“As the Lawyers’ Committee approaches its 50th anniversary in June 2013, I am honored to serve with Jane Sherburne as co-chair in fulfilling the vision of President John F. Kennedy of marshaling the bro bono services of the private bar to address racial discrimination, said Jones.  “I also look forward to continuing to work with board members, staff, volunteers and clients as we endeavor to fight the ongoing scourge of racism and inequality in this nation.”

Jones has a national trial practice that has ranged from New York to Hawaii. He is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and has been recognized by the Legal Times as a “Champion of Justice” and Georgetown University with the outstanding alumni award.

Jones graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in 1985 where he also received the Thurgood Marshall Award.  He received his B.A. from Dillard University, in New Orleans, La, graduating summa cum laude.   He is an adjunct professor of Trial Advocacy at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.  He also serves as a board member with Dillard University in New Orleans, D.C. Council for Court Excellence and Equal Justice Works

About the Lawyers’ Committee

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (“LCCRUL”), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. We are celebrating our 50th anniversary in 2013 as we continue our quest of “Moving America Toward Justice.” The principal mission of the Lawyers' Committee is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice under law, particularly in the areas of fair housing and fair lending; community development; employment; voting; education and environmental justice.  For more information about the LCCRUL, visit