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Robert C. Jones

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This page is about the federal judge for the District of Nevada. If you are looking for information about a judge with a similar name, please see Robert Jones.

Robert C. Jones
Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of Nevada
Title:   Chief judge
Position:   Seat #3
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   11/30/2003-Present
Chief:   2011-Present
Preceded by:   David Hagen
Past post:   Judge, United States bankruptcy court, District of Nevada
Past term:   1983-2003
Personal History
Born:   1947
Hometown:   Las Vegas, NV
Undergraduate:   Brigham Young University, 1971
Law School:   UCLA School of Law, 1975
Military service:   U.S. Army; National Guard; U.S. Air National Guard

Robert Clive Jones is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of Nevada. He joined the court in 2003 after being nominated by President George W. Bush. He began serving as the chief judge of the court on May 6, 2011.[1]


Jones graduated from Brigham Young University with his bachelor's degree in 1971 and received a J.D. from the University of California Los Angeles School of Law in 1975.[1]

Military service

Jones served in the United States Army National Guard from 1971 to 1972 and in the United States Air National Guard from 1972 to 1977.[1]

Professional career

Jones was a law clerk for Judge Clifford Wallace of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in 1975 before entering private practice in the State of Nevada until 1982.[1]

Judicial career

District Court for District of Nevada

On the recommendation of U.S. Senator John Ensign, Jones was nominated to the District of Nevada by President George W. Bush on June 9, 2003, to a seat vacated by Judge David Hagen. Jones was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 2, 2003, on a Senate voice vote and received commission on November 30, 2003.[2] [3] He began serving as the chief judge of the court on May 6, 2011.

Bankruptcy Court - District of Nevada

Jones served as a judge for the United States District Court for the District of Nevada from 1983 to 2003. While serving as a bankruptcy judge, Jones was a member of the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals from 1986 to 1999.[1]

Notable cases

Nevada’s ban on same sex marriage (2012-2013)

     United States District Court for the District of Nevada (Sevcik v. Sandoval, 2:12-cv-00578-RCJ-PAL)

In November 2012, Judge Jones upheld Nevada’s ban on same-sex marriage. The civil rights organization which brought the case, Lambda Legal, appealed the decision to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in December 2012.[4][5] Jones wrote in the decision:
Human beings are created through the conjugation of one man and one woman. The percentage of human beings conceived through non-traditional methods is minuscule and adoption, the form of child-rearing in which same-sex couples may typically participate together, is not an alternative means of creating children, but rather a social backstop for when traditional biological families fail. The perpetuation of the human race depends upon traditional procreation between men and women. The institution developed in our society, its predecessor societies, and by nearly all societies on Earth throughout history to solidify, standardize, and legalize the relationship between a man, a woman, and their offspring, is civil marriage between one man and one woman.[6][7]
The case's stay expired on July 19, 2013.[8]

I-215 paving case (2009-2011)

     United States District Court for the District of Nevada (Fisher Sand and Gravel Co. v. Clark County, Nevada, Case No. 2:09-cv1372-RCJ-GFW)

On August 6, 2009, Judge Jones issued a restraining order involving a paving project on Interstate 215 in the Las Vegas Area. The judge ruled in favor of a complaint from a contractor from the State of North Dakota who believed that Clark County Board abused its power to award a contract to a local company despite the out of state company having a lower bid.[9] The judge ordered that no construction or new bidding could begin until August 20, 2009.[9] On September 19, 2011, Judge Jones dismissed the case with prejudice.[10]

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Preceded by:
David Hagen
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Seat #3
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