Area of Expertise
Criminal law and procedure, wrongful convictions, racial profiling
Professor Jones is an associate law professor at American University Washington College of Law. She teaches courses in evidence, criminal law, criminal procedure, and a seminar entitled Race, Crime and Politics. Jones recently received the American University 2011 University Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching. She was also recognized as one the 2011 LexisNexis Technology Leaders in the Classroom for her innovative and creative use of film and other electronic media in her classes. Jones currently serves as the chair of the board of trustees of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS) and the director of the American Bar Association Racial Justice Improvement Project, a program designed to implement policy reforms to remedy racial disparities in the criminal justice system. Jones researches, writes and lectures across the country on the reforms needed to prevent wrongful convictions and is a member of the board of directors of the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project. Jones previously worked as an associate at the law firm of Dickstein, Shapiro and Morin, and was a staff attorney at the D.C. Public Defender Service, a deputy director of the D.C. Pretrial Services Agency, and executive director of the D.C. Public Defender Service.