Subject matter areas in which the students work include Title VII litigation, First Amendment litigation, civil litigation challenging excessive force by police, and issues involving voting rights, particularly as it pertains to people of color.
“I want to institutionalize a commitment by the law school to train students in civil rights litigation,” Jones said. “We need to prepare a new generation of students to have the skills necessary to play a leadership role in the new civil rights movements of the 21st century.”
Jones, who has taught Constitutional Law for many years at the law school, has written three books about the civil and political rights of minorities and the poor. “The Externship Program is an extension of my scholarly agenda,” said Jones.
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