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Jarvis Jones childhood in inner city Chicago will guide his leadership as county attorney.


Credit: Jaida Grey Eagle | Sahan Journal As a student at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Jarvis Jones found that bar associations weren’t always receptive to the needs of attorneys of color. So he helped establish the Minnesota Minority Lawyers Association and served twice as its president.

He went on to become the first African American president of the Hennepin County Bar Association and the Minnesota State Bar Association. As president of the state organization, Jones established a requirement that all lawyers must take continuing education classes on ethics and eliminating bias.

“It’s always about what you do with those accomplishments,” Jones told Sahan Journal. “One of the things that isn’t surprising to most people of color is that the legal system needs to be diversified, and that’s an understatement. There was a lot of distrust, and still is, of lawyers.”

Jones, 63, is particularly concerned about findings from a two-year investigation by the Minnesota Department of Human Rights that were unveiled in April . They showed that the Minneapolis Police Department engaged in a pattern of racial discrimination.

Jones plans for public safety and accountability include internal reform of the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office. One of the ways he hopes to […]

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