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Appellate Court Judge Allison Jones visited the Owen County upper and lower elementary schools. In honor of Constitution Day, Jones spoke to a large audience of students about her role as a jurist and the importance of the jaudiciary branch of government.
“It is great to be out in the communities I serve, speaking to students about my passion for the Constitution and sharing with them how as a sitting appellate Judge, I follow the Constitution every day,” Jones said.
Constitution Day is an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution. It is observed on Sept. 17, the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787. Public schools around the country celebrate Constitution Day by providing educational programming about the Constitution to students.
Prior to serving on the Kentucky Court of Appeals, Jones presided over workers’ compensation claims as an administrative law judge for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. She also served as a staff attorney for the U.S. District Cour for the Western District of Kentucky for more than five years. She was also a former law clerk/attorney for U.S. District Court Judge John G. Heyburn II of the Western District of Kentucky.
Before her judicial service in federal and state courts, Jones practiced at Stites & Harbison PLLC, the oldest law firm in Kentucky, where she specialized in complex business litigation and intellectual property matters.
Jones earned her juris doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law where she graduated with magna cum laude honors. She was elected to the Order of the Coif, an organization reserved for students ranked in the top 10 percent of their class at the time of graduation. She was a member of the Kentucky Law Review, the Moot Court Board and the Trial Advocacy Team.
Jones was a distinguished law student who earned the top grade in numerous law school classes. She received her undergraduate degree from Transylvania University where she also graduated with magna cum laude honors.
Jones has a keen interest in technological innovation in the judicial system. Prior to her service on the Court of Appeals, she was a member of the Technology and Electronic Case Management/Filing Committee for the Department of Workers’ Claims. She is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association and the Northern Kentucky Bar Association.
In addition to her judicial duties, Jones is a dedicated mother who focuses her community service on children’s and family issues. She founded and led a Girl Scout troop at her daughter’s school and has organized and led several community service projects, such as the Susan G. Komen for the Cure School Pink-Out Day and a clothing and toy drive for children in Appalachia.
Prior to her judicial service, Jones was a volunteer advocate for victims of domestic violence.
Jones and her husband, Lawrence, are the proud parents of Riley, 8, and Reed, 5.