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Napoleon Jones
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Southern District of California
Title:   Former Judge
Position:   Seat #6
Service:
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   9/15/1994 - 9/17/2007
Senior:   9/17/2007 - 12/12/2009
Preceded by:   Earl Gilliam
Succeeded by:   Michael Anello
Personal History
Born:   1940
Deceased:   12/12/2009
Undergraduate:   San Diego State University, B.A., 1962
Law School:   University of San Diego School of Law, J.D., 1971
Grad. School:   San Diego State University, M.S.W., 1967
Military service:   U.S. Army 1962-1965

Napoleon A. Jones, Jr. is a former federal judge in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. He joined the court in 1994 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. Jones died from cancer on December 12, 2009.[1]

Early life and education

Jones graduated from San Diego State with his bachelor's degree in 1962 and his Master's in Social Work in 1967. In 1971, Jones received his J.D. from University of San Diego School of Law. Jones served in the US Army from 1962 to 1965 on active duty.[1]

Professional career

  • 1982-1984: Judge, Superior Court of San Diego County
  • 1977-1982: Judge, San Diego Municipal Court
  • 1975-1977: Attorney, private practice
  • 1973-1975: Staff Attorney, Defenders, Inc. in San Diego
  • 1972-1973: Staff Attorney, California Rural Legal Assistance in Modesto
  • 1971-1972: Legal Intern, California Rural Legal Assistance in Modesto[1]

Judicial career

Southern District of California

On the recommendations of U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstien and Barbara Boxer, Jones was nominated by Bill Clinton on June 8, 1994 to a seat vacated by Earl Gilliam as Gilliam assumed senior status. Lorenz was confirmed by the Senate on September 14, 1994 on a majority voice vote and received commission on September 15, 1994.[2] Jones assumed senior status on September 19, 2007 and passed away on December 12, 2009.

Notable cases

Boy Scouts case (2009)

     United States District Court for the Southern District of California (BARNES-WALLACE v. BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA, 00CV1726 J (AJB))

Judge Jones was the presiding judge in a case involving the Boy Scouts of America in 2003. The judge ruled in 2003, that the Boy Scouts were a religious, but non-sectarian organization, which meant agreements with local governments were in violation of the separation of church and state. This came when the Boy Scouts were sued over a lease of a city-owned land in Southern California.[3]

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References

Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Earl Gilliam
Southern District of California
1994–2007
Seat #6
Succeeded by:
Michael Anello


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