Joshua Jones J.D.
Lecturer in Political Science
- 1800 College Avenue
Francis Hall 312
- 217-228-5432 x3035
A native of Effingham, Illinois, Joshua Jones J.D. graduated summa cum laude from Quincy University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1999. While at QU, he was a Presidential Scholar, the President of the Political Science Club, and Head Delegate for the Model United Nations Team.
Mr. Jones received an academic scholarship to St. Louis University School of Law. While attending law school, he clerked for a law firm and completed an internship with the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office. Mr. Jones also received the David Grant Clinic Student Award and the American Jurisprudence Award in First Amendment Law.
After graduating cum laude from St. Louis University, Mr. Jones joined the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office as an Assistant State’s Attorney prosecuting Traffic, Driving Under the Influence, Domestic Battery and Misdemeanor Charges. He was also responsible for the Madison County Bad Check Diversion Program.
Mr. Jones returned to Quincy in December 2003 to join the Adams County State’s Attorney’s Office. He is currently responsible for Misdemeanor and Felony Prosecutions. Since 2003 Mr. Jones has taken more than 60 cases to jury trial.
In 2005, Mr. Jones participated in the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) Trial Skills Program, a prestigious program that seeks to improve trial skills through intense hands-on experience with well-known, seasoned trial attorneys as instructors. Mr. Jones has been a member of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Standing Committee for Corrections and Sentencing and served as chairperson in 2007-2008. He was instrumental in revising the committee’s 2005 Illinois Sentencing Manual and 2007 Illinois Prisoner’s Handbook.
At Quincy University, Mr. Jones teaches Introduction to Criminal Justice, and he co-teaches American Judicial Process with Judge Mark Schuering. He is also the Head Coach of Quincy University’s Mock Trial Team. Mr. Jones also teaches Introduction to Criminal Law and Legal Principles of Search and Seizure at John Wood Community College.
In 2013 Mr. Jones completed the Trial Handbook for Illinois Lawyers: Criminal Sentencing, 9th Edition. Mr. Jones, in collaboration with Judge Mark Schuering, is currently working on the 10th Edition of this publication, as well as the Trial Handbook for Illinois Lawyers: Criminal Trials and the Trial Handbook for Illinois Lawyers: Homicide.