Advocacy


Mr. Jones is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and before the Supreme Court of the United States as well five other federal courts: the U.S. District Courts for the District of Maryland and Western District of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the Sixth Circuit, and the Federal Circuit. Insisting on a life in law that is co-dependently theoretical and practical, he is developing the Jones Professional Responsibility Heuristic, an approach to global concerns of corporate social responsibility and diversity that leads to policies and practices he has found to be “relentlessly realistic and effective, rather than politically correct but impotent.”

 

Mr. Jones is a Baptist deacon from one of America’s storied civil-rights families. So ordained, he commits time and resources based on the moral conviction that crooked ways must be made straight. “I didn’t go to school [for all those years after I was voluntarily baptized] in order to serve people who deploy every unfair advantage they have to the detriment of regular folk,” he has said.


In that spirit, Mr. Jones established the Amos Jones Law Firm of Washington, D.C., in August 2010. The Firm was organized just as he undertook service as Visiting Assistant Professor of Constitutional Law at North Carolina Central University School of Law, in Durham, a post he accepted during his third year of active practice in the international trade and commercial litigation groups of Bryan Cave LLP's Washington office.

 

An active matter long in the making exemplifies the lengths to which Mr. Jones is compelled to go on behalf of injustice's victims. In 2015, Mr. Jones argued before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit as sole counsel in a case of first impression alleging “agency trickery.” The issue was other-than-specific notice to a black female special-education teacher of her middle-school employment entitlements at the military base in the southeastern United States. Through a June 2016-filed Petition for Writ of Certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court in that case, he is challenging the constitutionality of regulations that permit the elimination of American veterans’ statutorily provided hiring preferences in federal employment. 

 

In 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice had attempted to intervene in and re-caption the case, deploying every resource against the Kentucky schoolteacher seeking recourse; Mr. Jones defeated those motions. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit rejected the government’s arguments and denied both government motions on September 2, 2015, although the three-judge panel eventually upheld the opinion of a Merit Systems Protection Board judge who ruled that the government could work such takings without providing specific notice to victimized veterans. That administrative judge, Julia Packard, had asserted in one order that she had no authority to determine the constitutionality of other bureaucrats’ actions because she herself was an Executive Branch employee. This absurd opinion – upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit as applied against the disabled double veteran – is under review, thanks to Mr. Jones.


Mr. Jones argues that equitable tolling ought to be available to his client, and he opposes the presumed constitutionality of the kinds of agency nullification of veterans’ Congressional granted preferences that caused the Appellant’s non-selection for several promotions. Substantive and procedural due process violations are of particular concern to Mr. Jones, and he approaches the U.S. Supreme Court to correct every legal error he has identified. Meanwhile, this client’s plight led Mr. Jones to establish the Veterans Employment Advancement Foundation, an educational non-profit corporation opened in Alexandria, Virginia, in 2016 that informs the public of the employment problems our veterans face and supports veterans along those lines. 

As an emerging authority on the employment law of Church and State, Mr. Jones counsels and represents a number of religious organizations and denominations as well as pastors and professors. In 2014, he obtained a 7-0 victory before the Supreme Court of Kentucky in a constitutional case of first impression treating the ministerial exception to generally applicable employment laws. His advocacy in Kirby v. Lexington Theological Seminary, 426 S.W.3d 597 (Ky. 2014), resulted in the reversal of five years of erroneous lower-court rulings and effected the most comprehensive appellate analysis of the ministerial exception doctrine to date, predicting and then applying the landmark decision of the Supreme Court of the United States in Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church & School v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 132 S. Ct. 694 (2012). Mr. Jones is thus credited with single-handedly restoring tenure rights at law for every tenured seminary professor in his native Commonwealth of Kentucky. His client, Dr. Jimmy Kirby, was the first tenured black professor in the history of the Lexington Theological Seminary.

In 2012, Mr. Jones delivered televised expert testimony during the Budget Oversight Hearings for the District of Columbia's Office and Commission on Human Rights, critiquing enforcement practices before the late former mayor Marion Barry, then chair of the city council's Committee on Aging and Community Affairs. Mr. Jones's contributions informed the D.C. Attorney General's subsequent bringing of charges in late 2013 against a Section 8 management company that had improperly barred a Bible study group from a Methodist-related seniors' housing complex near the White House. After a three-year battle, his client achieved her objectives short of a lawsuit in a quite satisfactory resolution.


Mr. Jones is a former Resident Trustee of International House New York, having held that post in 2002-03 during the long and distinguished tenure of immediate past Board Chairman Paul Volcker. A Charter Member of the Rotary Club of Federal City in 2014, he serves on the Board of Directors of its newly formed foundation. He is a board member-elect of The Academy of Preachers and is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Veterans Employment Advancement Foundation. He formerly served as a Trustee of The First Baptist Church Foundation in Washington, D.C.

 

In 2016, Mr. Jones, then 38 years old, was recognized as a Top 40 Under 40 attorney by the Atlanta-based National Black Lawyers Professional Honorary Organization at  http://www.nbltop100.org/profile-view/Amos/Jones/10486/.