It is a special honor to have this opportunity to celebrate Professor Jim Jones's pivotal role in integrating the ranks of the law professoriat. Jim Jones was of course not the only one who hoped that the number of minority law professors would swell as the number of law graduates increased, but unlike those who simply watched and waited, Jim Jones decided to actually do something about the infamous "pool problem" in legal education.
Through his innovation, mentoring, and dogged advocacy, Jim Jones put action to passion, quietly, deliberately, and diligently creating a pipeline of minority law teachers. I know that, at least for me, and most likely for every other Hastie Fellow, were it not for Jim Jones, we would not have the careers that we do.
This Tribute provides us all with the opportunity not only to express profound gratitude to Professor Jones, but to consider the implications of his visionary leadership in the context of the contemporary challenges we now face.
Law | Legal Biography
Kimberlé W. Crenshaw,
Keeping Up with Jim Jones: Pioneer, Taskmaster, Architect, Trailblazer,
Wis. L. Rev.
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