State Bar Mourns the Passing of Court
of Appeals Judge Theodore T. Jones
New York State Bar Association President Seymour W. James,
Jr. (The Legal Aid Society in New York City) issued the following
statement today on the untimely passing of Hon. Theodore T. Jones,
Associate Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals.
“On behalf of the New York State Bar Association, I offer my
deepest condolences on the death of Court of Appeals Judge Theodore T.
Jones, who worked tirelessly throughout his 40-year career to promote
the cause of justice, both as a practicing attorney and a member of the
“A skilled and thoughtful jurist, known for his scholarship,
integrity and genuine commitment to the community, he administered
justice with wisdom and compassion. As a defense attorney with The Legal
Aid Society and in private practice, he fought tirelessly for
“Judge Jones was a ground-breaking leader in state Supreme Court
and later the state Court of Appeals, where he served as only the fourth
African-American judge in the court’s 167-year history. On the
state’s highest court, he served as co-chair of its Justice Task
Force, which studied the causes and effects of wrongful convictions.
“Throughout his career on the bench, he was a leader in the
promotion of diversity and equality in the state court system and
throughout the legal profession. On the high court, he chaired the
“For his decades of unwavering commitment to the cause of justice
and diversity, the State Bar Association in 2011 presented him with its
Lifetime Achievement Award from the Committee on Diversity.
“On a personal and professional level, I knew Judge Jones to be
passionate, kind and deliberate in his pursuit of equality for all. I
will miss his friendship, his warmth and his endearing
The New York State Bar Association is the largest
voluntary state bar association in the country, with 77,000 members. It
was founded in 1876.
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