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April 25, 2019

Judge Richard A. Jones to receive ABA Diversity Leadership Award

CHICAGO, April 25, 2019 — The American Bar Association Section of Litigation will honor U.S. District Court Judge Richard A. Jones of Seattle with its Diversity Leadership Award, which recognizes dedication to inclusion and diversity in the profession.

The award will be presented to Jones at the Diversity Leadership Award Luncheon at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, at the New York Marriott Marquis during the 2019 Section of Litigation & Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division CLE Conference. Rea Carey, executive director of the National LGBTQ Task Force, will be the keynote speaker.

This award recognizes individuals or entities who have demonstrated commitment to full and equal participation in the legal community for women, people of color, persons with disabilities and persons of differing sexual orientations and gender identities.

Throughout his legal and judicial career, Jones has distinguished himself with exceptional leadership in his community. More than 20 years ago, he co-founded and still participates in two Seattle-area programs that focus on law students of color: Northwest Minority Job Fair and First Year Minority Clerkship Program, also know as the Legal Employers Advance Diversity in Washington.  Through these and other educational enhancement programs, Jones has been a mentor to more than 100 students.

Palmer Gene Vance II, section chair commented, “The Section of Litigation is committed to advancing diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Recognition of Judge Jones’ groundbreaking work underscores this commitment by increasing awareness of the importance of mentoring programs in advancing diverse lawyers.”

Jones was appointed to the federal bench in 2007. Previously, he spent more than 13 years as a King County Superior Court Judge and 17 years as a practicing attorney at the King County Prosecutor’s Office, Port of Seattle, the law firm of Bogle & Gates in Seattle and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Jones received a Bachelor of Public Affairs from Seattle University in 1972 and his J.D. from the University of Washington Law School in 1975.

Editor’s note: Photo available here.

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