CONTACT PERSON: VALERIE S. WILLARD
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
| DECEMBER 12, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Supreme Court of Louisiana Historical Society held a courtroom ceremony today honoring Fourth Judicial District Court Judge Benjamin Jones for his 22 years of service to the Louisiana State judiciary. Judge Jones was elected to the Fourth Judicial District Court (JDC) four times without opposition. He was Chief Judge from 1999 through 2002. The portrait was donated to the Louisiana Supreme Court by the judges of the Fourth (JDC) judges following the unveiling ceremony which took place there in September at the Monroe, Louisiana courthouse.
Judge Jones earned his undergraduate degree from Southern University in 1966 and his law degree from Boston College Law School in 1969. He is a former U.S. Army Intelligence Officer where he attained the rank of Captain.
After graduating from law school, Judge Jones practiced law as a legal services attorney and managing attorney. Additionally, he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Deputy Legal Counsel to Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, and as a Chief Administrative Law Judge. In 1979, Judge Jones returned to Louisiana and practiced law for 13 years before being elected to the bench. During this period, he served a term as President of the Fourth Judicial District Bar Association.
Judge Jones is a graduate of the National Judicial College and has presented at many conferences for the Louisiana Judicial College. He is a Past-President of the Louisiana District Judges Association and he established the Judges in the Classroom Program which he chaired for ten years. Additionally, Judge Jones served as a member and Chairman of the Judiciary Commission of Louisiana. In 2010, he created the Judges’ Assistance Program to address the problem of impaired judges.
In 1994, Judge Jones served as a judge pro tempore on the Second Circuit Court of Appeal, and in 2009 he served as an associate justice pro tempore on the Louisiana Supreme Court.
In recognition of his outstanding judicial career, Judge Jones received the Distinguished Jurist Award in 2011 from the Louisiana Bar Foundation. Judge Jones will retire from the Fourth JDC bench at the end of this year.
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