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Donald M. Jones

Donald M. Jones
Professor of Law
J.D. 1976, New York University

Telephone: 305-284-6314   |   Office: G474
Publications & Presentations

Donald Jones, Professor of Law, is a Baltimore native and a graduate of the New York University School of Law. He teaches Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure, and Employment Discrimination at the law school.

Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Miami in 1988, Professor Jones served as a Reginald Heber Smith fellow at Legal Services in Baltimore, Maryland, and later as a Clinical Instructor at the Antioch School of Law in Washington, D.C. Subsequently, Professor Jones served as Senior Trial Attorney for the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Professor Jones' numerous articles on the civil and political rights of minorities appear in leading legal journals. These include Darkness Made Visible: Law, Metaphor, and the Racial Self in the Georgetown Law Journal; No Time for Trumpets: Title VII, Equality and the Fin de Siecle in the University of Michigan Law Journal; The Death of the Employer: Image, Text, and Tile VII in the Vanderbilt Law Journal and "We're All Stuck Here For A While: Law and the Social Construction of the Black Male in The Journal of Contemporary Law. His essays also appear in books including Chapter 13 of Critical White Studies: Looking Behind the Mirror (1997) and an essay on Dred Scott in Michael Higgenbotham's Race and the Law (2003). Most recently Professor Jones published Race, Sex, and Suspicion: The Myth of the Black Male (Praeger2005).

In 1995 Professor Jones was co-chair with Angela Harris and Eric Yamamoto of the Critical-Race Theory workshop. In 1997 Professor Jones was awarded the James Thomas prize by Yale University, recognizing him as one of the leading scholars in the country for that year.

Professor Jones has lectured nationally for many years. Representative presentations include lectures in connection with Critical Theory - at both Yale and Harvard; race and psychology at the Law and Society Association; Constitutional Law generally before Association of Florida State Judges, 2003, the keynote Speech to the legal panel at the N.A.A.C.P. Annual Conference in 2003, and a presentation at St. John's law school in connection with equal educational opportunity and the LSAT in September 2005.

As a public intellectual, Professor Jones has written numerous editorials for the Miami Herald and the Miami Times. He has also appeared as an expert on national and local television. In 2000, Professor Jones was the official Constitutional Law expert for Channel 4. Since then, Professor Jones has appeared on PBS' Frontline, CNN's Burden of Proof; The O'Reilly Factor, and Michael Putney's The Week in Review, where he debated Ward Connery.

In 2003 Professor Jones was selected by the Miami-Dade County Commission to draft the affirmative action plan for Dade County. Professor Jones is a sought after speaker at many universities.


Professor Donald Jones in "Voting rights taking center stage" in The South Florida Times.

07-21-13 and 07-26-13
Professor Donald Jones in "Racial stereotyping, paranoia mockingly on display in trial" and in "What is the Value of a Black Male's Life?" in The South Florida Times.

07-14-13 and 07-15-13
Professor Donald Jones in "Role Of Race In George Zimmerman Trial" on CBS Miami and in "Did The Stand Your Ground Law Have A Role In The Zimmerman" on WLRN.

Professor Donald Jones in "NAACP holds town hall forum on George Zimmerman trial" in The Miami Herald.

Professor Donald Jones in "Fisher v. UT a victory for affirmative action" in The South Florida Times.


Audio iconRace and the Death Penalty, part 1

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