Robert E. Jones (judge)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
For other people with a similar name, see Robert Jones (disambiguation) .
Robert Edward Jones
Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Oregon
Assumed office
Nominated by George H.W. Bush
Preceded by James M. Burns
Succeeded by Michael W. Mosman
84th Associate Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court
In office
Appointed by Victor G. Atiyeh
Preceded by Jacob Tanzer
Succeeded by Susan P. Graber
Personal details
Born 1927
Oregon Portland, Oregon

Robert Edward Jones (born 1927) is an American politician and judge in Oregon. He is currently a senior judge for the United States District Court for the District of Oregon in the Portland. A Portland native, he previously served as the 84th Associate Justice on the Oregon Supreme Court and as a member of the Oregon House of Representatives.

Early life[edit]

Jones was born in 1927 in Portland, Oregon.[1] After high school Jones joined the United States Naval Reserve and attended the University of Hawaii where he earned a bachelors of arts in 1949.[1] He then enrolled at the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College in Portland where he graduated in 1953 with an LL.B..[1] While in the Naval Reserve he served in the Judge Advocate General Corps from 1949 to 1987.[1]

Legal career[edit]

After law school Robert Jones entered private legal practice in Portland where he remained until 1963.[1] In 1963 he entered politics when he served in the Oregon House of Representatives as a Republican representing Portland.[2] However he resigned before the special session held later that year.[3] Jones resigned in order to become a circuit judge in Multnomah County, Oregon, where he remained until 1982.[1]

On December 16, 1982, Robert E. Jones was appointed by Oregon Governor Victor G. Atiyeh to the Oregon Supreme Court.[4][5] He replaced Jacob Tanzer who had resigned.[5] Jones served on Oregon’s highest court until April 30, 1990, when he resigned.[5] Jones left that court in order to become a federal judge for U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon when he was nominated by President George H.W. Bush to replace James M. Burns.[1] After nomination on February 20, 1990, he was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 27 and then received his federal commission on April 30, 1990.[1] Jones then became a federal senior judge on May 1, 2000[1] and is also a senior judge in Oregon.[6]

As a federal judge he upheld Oregon’s Assisted Suicide law against a federal challenge in April 2002.[7] U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft had challenged the law based on federal laws concerning controlled substances.[7] In 2003[8] to 2004 he was the presiding judge of the case involving Mike Hawash of the Portland Seven in which Hawash received a seven-year sentence for conspiring to fight in Afghanistan for the Taliban against United States forces.[9] Then in 2005 he ruled against the Bush administration in their efforts to reduce protection of gray wolves under the Endangered Species Act.[10]

Judge Jones is a former president of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, an adjunct member of the Lewis & Clark Law School faculty, part of the National Judicial College, and a faculty member of the American Academy of Judicial Education.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Federal Judicial Profile: Robert E. Jones". Website of the Federal Judicial Center. Retrieved June 11, 2007. 
  2. ^ Oregon Legislature: 1963 Regular Session. Oregon State Archives. Retrieved on January 25, 2008.
  3. ^ Oregon Legislature: 1963 Special Session. Oregon State Archives. Retrieved on January 25, 2008.
  4. ^ Oregon Blue Book: Oregon Governors. Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved on January 25, 2008.
  5. ^ a b c Oregon Blue Book: Supreme Court Justices of Oregon. Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved on January 25, 2008.
  6. ^ Oregon Blue Book: Senior Judges. Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved on January 25, 2008.
  7. ^ a b Federal judge upholds Oregon assisted-suicide law. April 17, 2002. Retrieved on February 1, 2008.
  8. ^ Oregon resident Maher Hawash charged in ‘Portland Six’ conspiracy. U.S. Dept. of Justice. Retrieved on February 1, 2008.
  9. ^ Ben Jacklet and Janine Robben. Hawash regrets ‘worst decision’. Portland Tribune, April 10, 2004. Retrieved on February 1, 2008.
  10. ^ Mulford, Tanya. Wolves Win: Federal Judge Upholds Endangered Species Act Protections. The Humane Society of the United States. Retrieved on February 1, 2008.
  11. ^ Federal Civil Trials and Evidence. The Rutter Group. Retrieved on February 1, 2008.

External links[edit]