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As a Washington-based, Super Lawyers-rated human-capital expert, Amos coaches corporations, trade associations, non-profits, schools, religious groups, executives, and general counsel on Personnel Management. An award-winning former professor and journalist with degrees from Harvard and Columbia, and a BigLaw veteran who's advised "A-List" clients big and small, he presents cutting-edge, proven techniques that equip audiences to achieve diversity without disrupting their cherished corporate cultures -- apolitically and efficiently ditching the tired approach of "diversity training" and saving clients from incurring costly legal and media exposure. Wit, humor, and teamwork are his trademarks.
Amos Jones is one of American University's Rotaract Club's all-time favorite speakers. His presentations are always substantive and interesting. Our club actually voted to bring him back a second time because once just wasn't enough! Dynamic, inspirational, and witty are just a few keywords I'd use to describe Amos Jones' oratory skill.
Response from Corporate-Sensitive Diversity Visioning:
College groups remain some of the most creative, receptive, and interactive audiences in the field. They remain among my favorite people to serve. I am truly gratified to confirm now that this feeling is mutual at American University!
One hour with this master presenter was worth its weight in gold! Amos Jones had clearly prepared before his talk to our company by really understanding why our organization is unique. He gave us a seminar-style presentation to raise our awareness of where we could go with our diversity/inclusion program without disrupting business and offending our top performers. Candidly, we were skeptical that it was possible to simultaneously eschew political correctness while intentionally diversifying our workforce; after we called him back for consulting four months after his speech, he managed to supply and oversee implementation of a blueprint with which we are dramatically improving our culture, our reputation, our performance, and, quite frankly, our bottom line. He brought his years of experience studying and solving other people's problems to the table to prevent us from falling into some of the same traps. If you have a growing company that's stuck in this area and spinning its wheels, then book Amos while there's still time.
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With an international profile that has taken him before audiences on four continents for multiple seminars, workshops, trainings, and lectures over the last ten years, Amos Jones draws on his accomplishments as an attorney and a community leader credited with saving his charges an estimated total of $10 million in potential losses and other inclusion due to his proactive methods of human-resources design and diversity/inclusion.
As a Washington, D.C.-based attorney, he is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and before the Supreme Court of the United States as well five other federal courts. Insisting on a life in speaking, consulting, and coaching that is co-dependently theoretical and practical, he has developed the Jones Professional Responsibility Heuristic, a proprietary approach to global concerns of corporate social responsibility and diversity/inclusion that leads to policies and practices known to be “relentlessly realistic and effective, rather than politically correct but impotent.”
His record of results reflects his membership of one of America’s storied civil-rights families, dating all the way to the 1880s in Reconstruction-era Knoxville, Tennessee. There, the early Abram Wise Jones co-organized the Rogers Memorial Baptist Church while his son, Henry, literally worked to build Knoxville College. Today, Amos Jones commits time and resources to solving problems through his Amos Jones Law Firm of Washington, D.C., which opened in August 2010.
The Firm was organized just as Amos undertook service as Visiting Assistant Professor of Constitutional Law at North Carolina Central University School of Law, in Durham, a post he accepted during his third year of active practice in the international trade and commercial litigation groups of Bryan Cave LLP's Washington office. He since has been quoted in the leading periodicals of the world, an expert political prognosticator, analyzer of matters arising under the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938, and communicator of corporate methods for achieving diversity goals without disrupting the fiscal interests and cultural values that form the top priorities of any successful business.
By implementing ingenious strategies and solutions from Amos's presentations and coaching, many executives have generated cost-effective results that have freed up capital and time while fostering corporate cohesion and positive press.
As an emerging authority on the employment law of Church and State, Mr. Jones counsels and represents a number of religious organizations and denominations as well as pastors and professors. In 2014, he obtained a 7-0 victory before the Supreme Court of Kentucky in a constitutional case of first impression treating the ministerial exception to generally applicable employment laws. His advocacy in Kirby v. Lexington Theological Seminary, 426 S.W.3d 597 (Ky. 2014), resulted in the reversal of five years of erroneous lower-court rulings and effected the most comprehensive appellate analysis of the ministerial exception doctrine to date, predicting and then applying the landmark decision of the Supreme Court of the United States in Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church & School v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 132 S. Ct. 694 (2012). Mr. Jones is thus credited with single-handedly restoring tenure rights at law for every tenured seminary professor in his native Commonwealth of Kentucky. His client, Dr. Jimmy Kirby, was the first tenured African-American professor in the history of the Lexington Theological Seminary.
With considerable practice experience involving national-security regulation as well as employment and religious-liberty litigation, Amos's writings critique present legal remedies for various kinds of discrimination as derived from the fundamental law. He also evaluates the legal profession’s moderating function amid the clashing of groups’ interests. His recent publications have appeared in the Widener Journal of Law, Economics & Race, the Georgia State University Law Review, and the North Carolina Law Review. During the 2014 and 2016 U.S. election cycles, he was quoted as an authority on counterespionage regulations and foreign intercourse in The New York Times, National Review, The Times of Israel, Gawker, and Gizmodo.
Amos has presented before leading audiences on four continents, including at Harvard Law School, the University of Chicago, Georgetown University, and the University of Kentucky in the United States and Monash University (Australia), Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia/South America), Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (Germany/Europe), and the University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom) abroad.
Amos graduated cum laude in Political Science from Emory University, where he studied on Robert W. Woodruff and National Merit scholarships and was named a 1999 Harry S. Truman Scholar and a member of USA Today’s year 2000 All-USA College Academic First Team, competitively ranked as one of the country’s top twenty students. He later earned the Master of Science from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and the J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he served as an Executive Editor of both the Harvard BlackLetter Law Journal and the Harvard Human Rights Journal. While at Harvard, he was awarded a Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship, on which he spent his first year out of law school as a Visiting Scholar in the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies at Australia’s University of Melbourne. There, he studied the development of Bills of Rights in the Australian setting and served as a Resident Tutor in Whitley College.