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Oct. 13, 2011
Judge Jones Inducted into Civil Rights Hall of Fame

Former Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Nathaniel R. Jones was inducted today into the Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame.

Appointed by President Carter in 1979, Judge Jones served on the federal appeals court for Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee for 23 years before retiring in 2002. He serves as the namesake for the Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Youngstown. He continues his legal career today as Senior Counsel in the Cincinnati office for Blank Rome LLP.

Judge Jones also served for a decade – beginning in 1969 – as General Counsel for the NAACP where he directed the organization’s litigation and coordinated efforts to end school segregation.

Donna Jones Baker, president and CEO of the Urban League of Cincinnati, nominated Judge Jones for the hall of fame.

In her nomination letter she wrote: “Improving civil rights and equality have served as the cornerstones of Nathaniel R. Jones’ life and it is through his work that he has served as a catalyst for change in our state and throughout the nation.”

Judge Jones joins former Supreme Court of Ohio Justice Robert M. Duncan and former Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Carl B. Stokes as members of the hall.