Hon. Edith H. Jones
The Honorable Edith Jones is currently the presiding judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the fifth circuit. She was appointed to this position by President Ronald Reagan in May of 1985. Before attaining this position Judge Jones was a Partner for the law firm of Andrews & Kurth, LLP for eleven years. Judge Jones currently presides as the president of the Garland Walker Inn of Court; the Board of Directors of St. John's Law School Masters in Bankruptcy Program, the Judicial Advisory Board of George Mason Univeristy Law and Economics Center, the Board of Directors of the Sam Houston Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and was previously part of the White House Fellows Commission, and the National Bankruptcy Review Commission. Judge Jones has been given the Silver Beaver Award by the Boy Scouts of America in 2003. Judge Jones is originally from Philadelphia but grew up in Texas. She attended Cornell Univeristy and majored in Economics, later she attended the Univeristy of Texas Law School and graduated with honors and Order of the Coif in 1974. She also is a distinguished alumna of her law school, and was awarded the Leon Green award by the university law review in 1996.