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Jones Jr., Roscoe

Winter 2021

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Roscoe Jones, Jr., has 17 years of experience in both the public and private sectors. He served in high level roles in all three branches of the federal government.  He is currently a counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson Dunn where he helps clients navigate complex public policy matters and congressional investigations.  

On Capitol Hill, Professor Jones served as chief of staff to Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger, legislative director and acting chief of staff to Senator Dianne Feinstein, senior counsel to Senator Cory Booker where he led the Senator’s criminal justice reform work, and was counsel and later senior counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee for then-Chairman Patrick Leahy. 

At the U.S. Department of Justice, Professor Jones was an appellate attorney in the Civil Rights Division and special counsel to then-Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Tom Perez. He was an assistant U.S. attorney in the Western District of Washington and special assistant U.S. attorney in the District of Columbia. 

On the federal judiciary, he clerked for Judge Carl E. Stewart on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. (ret.) on the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. 

Professor Jones received his A.B. in history and political science, with high honors, from Stanford University and his J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Journal of Social Policy & Law and co-founder of the Law School’s Center for Race & Law. 

Professor Jones is a visiting lecturer in law at the Yale Law School.  He also has taught at the Harvard Kennedy School, Georgetown University Law Center, George Washington University Law School, University of Washington Law School, and Evans School of Public Policy & Governance. A Stennis Fellow, Wasserstein Fellow, and Murnaghan Fellow, he has been published in the Harvard Law & Policy Review.