Joshua Jack Jones

Director, Bartlit Center
Clinical Assistant Professor of Law


Josh joined the law school in 2022. Prior to his appointment, he worked in the leadership of a state and federal public defender office. He has represented individuals charged with offenses ranging from illegal reentry to first degree murder to securities fraud. Josh also has several years of experience in complex civil litigation. In addition to his trial level experience, he also has substantial criminal appellate experience in the federal courts, including litigation before the U.S. Supreme Court. Throughout his career, he has coached and taught trial advocacy.

Areas of Expertise

  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Trial Advocacy


  • BA, University of Iowa
  • JD, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology

Prior Appointments

  • Director of Trials and Training, November, 2020-August, 2022, Travis County Public Defender’s Office, Austin, TX
  • Senior Litigator, November, 2015-November, 2020, Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc., San Diego, CA
  • Adjunct Professor, August, 2015-2021, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, CA
  • Associate, November, 2013-October, 2015, Caputo & Popovic, P.C., Chicago, IL
  • Adjunct Professor, August, 2012-August, 2015, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, IL
  • Trial Attorney, May, 2011-May, 2013, Law Offices of Beau B. Brindley, Chicago, IL
  • Trial Attorney, October, 2008-May, 2011, Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc., San Diego, CA
  • Legal Intern, August, 2007-August, 2008, Federal Defender Program, Chicago, IL

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