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The Honorable Jennifer Jones

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Municipal Court Judge

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
9/25/1960
Birth Location:
Wichita, Kansas

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Municipal Court Judge

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
9/25/1960
Birth Location:
Wichita
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Biography

Judge Jennifer Lynn Jones holds the distinction of being the first African American woman to serve as a judge in the State of Kansas. Born in Wichita Kansas on September 25, 1960 to Nannie Hatch and Leamon Jones, both Oklahoma natives, Jennifer was the fifth of seven children. She attended Wichita's Southeast High School where she graduated in 1978.

After high school, Jones enrolled at Emporia State University and then transferred to the University of Missouri at Columbia where, in 1982, she received her bachelor's degree in Social Work. Determined to continue her education, Jones was accepted to the University of Oklahoma Law School. While there, she was a member of many clubs and societies and served as President of the Black Law Students Association. Jones received her J.D. degree in May, 1985. Following law school, Jones began her career in the office of the District Attorney of Muskogee, Oklahoma. While working for the District Attorney, she developed a specialty in prosecuting sex offenses, child abuse and juvenile cases. In May 1988, she returned to Wichita for a position with the law firm of Bruce and Davis. She became a partner at the firm in 1992. That same year, Jones ran for and was elected Sedgwick County District Court Judge, making her the first African American woman to hold the position of judge in the State of Kansas.

In January of 2001, Judge Jones was appointed to the Municipal Court for the City of Wichita, Kansas. Although the duties of this position demand a lot of her time and energy, she strives to remain active in her community, church and the lives of her two children. Judge Jones also has the honor of being selected by the Kansas Supreme Court to serve as a member of the Commission on Judicial Qualifications. The commission reviews ethical violations of judges throughout the State of Kansas.

Jennifer Jones was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 29, 2002.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Jennifer Jones' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Jennifer Jones lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Jennifer Jones talks about her family's history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Jennifer Jones describes her parents' professions
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Jennifer Jones describes the sights, smells, and sounds of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Jennifer Jones shares her memories of childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Jennifer Jones describes her grade school years
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Jennifer Jones describes her experience at Southeast High School in Wichita, Kansas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Jennifer Jones describes an influential teacher and her decision to attend Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Jennifer Jones describes her experience at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Jennifer Jones talks about her extracurricular activities in college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Jennifer Jones describes how her experience as a social work intern inspired her to become a lawyer
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Jennifer Jones talks about her experiences in juvenile court
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Jennifer Jones describes her experience at the University of Oklahoma College of Law
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Jennifer Jones talks about an influential professor in law school, David Hall
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Jennifer Jones talks about memorable cases at the District Attorney's Office in Muskogee, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Jennifer Jones talks about getting a job at the law firm of Bruce and Davis in Wichita, Kansas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Jennifer Jones talks about her work at the law firm of Bruce and Davis
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Jennifer Jones describes her return to juvenile court
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Jennifer Jones talks about how she became a district court judge in Wichita, Kansas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Jennifer Jones talks about her tenure as a district court judge