Roscoe Jones, Jr. is an adjunct lecturer of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and chief of staff to Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger. He has worked in all three branches of the federal government.
On Capitol Hill, he was legislative director and acting chief of staff to Senator Dianne Feinstein, senior counsel to Senator Cory Booker where he led the Senator’s criminal justice reform work, and counsel and later senior counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee for then-Chairman Patrick Leahy.
He has worked on the nominations of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Attorney General Eric Holder along with numerous nominations to lower federal courts and the Department of Justice, assisted with oversight and investigations of the Department of Justice and the White House, and advised on legislation related to civil rights, criminal justice, and constitutional issues, including the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act and the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, which led to the passage of the First Step Act.
At the U.S. Department of Justice, he was an appellate attorney in the Civil Rights Division and special counsel to then-Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Tom Perez. He was an assistant U.S. attorney in the Western District of Washington and special assistant U.S. attorney in the District of Columbia.
On the federal judiciary, he clerked for now-Chief Judge Carl E. Stewart on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. on the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.
Jones received his A.B. in history and political science, with high honors, from Stanford University and his J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Journal of Social Policy & Law and co-founder of the Law School’s Center for Race & Law.
Jones is an intermittent lecturer at the University of Michigan Law School. He has also taught at Georgetown Law Center, the George Washington University Law School, the University of Washington Law School, and the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance. A Stennis Fellow, Wasserstein Fellow, and Murnaghan Fellow, he has been published in the Harvard Law & Policy Review.