Friday, April 5, 2013

Black History Month Speaker Feb. 10, 2013: Judge Sydney A. Jones, III

Judge Sidney A. Jones, III is a native of Chicago, having attended Hyde Park High School and the University of Illinois in Champaign, after which he served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. After his discharge as a captain, he graduated from Northwestern University School of Law in 1973, and became engaged in the general practice of civil and criminal law, during which time he served as president of the Cook County Bar Association.

He was appointed a Circuit Judge by the Illinois Supreme Court in January, 1985, was elected in 1986 and retained in 1992 and in 1998. He served as the supervising judge of the Civil Trial Section of the First Municipal District and also as the Supervising Judge of the Mandatory Arbitration Program, effectively implementing time standards and guiding the emergence of mandatory arbitration in Cook County. Judge Jones became a highly acclaimed leader in court reform and the elimination of backlog, congestion and delay of civil cases. He was also active in continuing legal and judicial education, having attended, taught and presented dozens of seminars, workshops and classes throughout the legal profession and judicial system, including “Civil Mediation” at the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada. He also served as Chairperson of the Illinois Judicial Council, and as treasurer of the Judicial Council of the National Bar Association.

After having served as a trial judge in the prestigious Chancery Division of the Circuit Court, Judge Jones retired from the judiciary in April 2001 to join his wife, Linda RM Jones, in business. While in business, he served and an arbitrator and mediator and remained an active member of the Illinois Judicial Council and the Cook County Bar Association. He is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the Montford Point Marine Association, and Coppin AME Church, where he serves as a member of the Board of Trustees and as president of the Music Ministry.

Judge Jones was recalled to again serve as a Circuit Judge by the Illinois Supreme Court in June 2008, and presently serves as a trial judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County. Within his division of the Circuit Court, Judge Jones’ calendar has the lowest number of pending cases, the fastest time to disposition rate, and the youngest average case age.

Judge Jones has resided in Chicago’s South Shore community continuously since 1986, and now resides with his wife of 23 years, Linda

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