The Hon. C. Darnell Jones, II
Judge, U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
The Hon. C. Darnell Jones II was appointed to the United States District Court in 2008. He served on the Court of Common Pleas for the First Judicial District for the past 21 years and served as the president judge from Dec. 2005 until his federal appointment. Shortly after he was elected president judge, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court appointed him chair of the First Judicial District's Administrative Governing Board, which coordinates the Common Pleas, Municipal and Traffic Courts.
Judge Jones held various positions on the Court of Common Pleas, including managing judge of the Adult Probation and Parole Department, member of the Judicial Education Committee, presiding judge and co-coordinating judge of the Homicide Division, and presiding judge in the Major Civil Trial Division. He also served as a presiding judge in the Commerce Case Management Program (Business Court) and supervising judge of the Philadelphia County Grand Jury.
Prior to becoming a judge, Judge Jones practiced law at the Defender Association of Philadelphia, where, among other responsibilities, he served as chief of the Family Court Division. Immediately prior to becoming a judge, he worked for the Citizens Crime Commission. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from Southwestern College in French, and his J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law.
Judge Jones is a member of the University of Pennsylvania American Inn of Court. He has revised and updated several works, including “Rule 32, Sentencing and Judgment,” Moore’s Federal Practice 3d, Matthew Bender & Co., Inc. (2002); “Drug Testing in the Workplace,” Criminal Defense Techniques, Matthew Bender & Co., Inc. (2001); “Sentencing,” Prosecution and Defense of Sex Crimes, Matthew Bender & Co., Inc. (1997); “Assignment of Counsel in State Courts,” Criminal Defense Techniques, Matthew Bender & Co., Inc. (1997); and “Presenting the Direct Case--Foundations for Evidence,” Criminal Law Advocacy, Matthew Bender & Co., Inc. (1996).
Judge Jones has been teaching since 1991 in law school, graduate school, and continuing legal and judicial education. He instructs in the areas of trial advocacy, court administration, jury selection, evidence, capital cases and juvenile law. He has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School since 1993. He was previously an adjunct professor at St. Joseph’s University Graduate School, Temple University School of Law and The National Institute for Trial Advocacy. He is an alumnus of The National Judicial College and joined their faculty in 1998. He currently teaches Criminal Evidence and Handling Capital Cases for the National Judicial College. He has taught for the New Jersey Judicial Education Program, The Arizona Judicial Education Program and Kansas Judicial Education Program, the Alabama Judicial Education Program and he is a member of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s Commission on Capital Education.
Judge Jones has received the Thurgood Marshall Award for excellence, the Brandeis Law Society Award for Community Service, and the Martin Luther King Champions of Social Justice Award. In 2005, he was named one of the 500 leading judges in America by Lawdragon Magazine. In October 2006, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the American College of Business Court Judges at their annual meeting at the Brookings Institute in Washington, DC. In February 2008, he was appointed Business Court liaison to the Judicial Division of the American Bar Association on behalf of the Business Law Section of the ABA. In 2008, Judge Jones was appointed to the Board of Advisors at the law school and to the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army.