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Ruth Jones

Ruth Jones joined the California State University's Office of the General Counsel in July 2019 as University Counsel-Civil Rights. Ruth's primary responsibilities are to provide advice and counsel to hearing officers, campus Title IX Coordinators, and other administrators involved in the responding to sex/gender and other DHR and whistleblower complaints. Ruth started her legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney's Office where she prosecuted domestic violence, sexual abuse and street crime cases. After working at the District Attorney's Office, she was employed by NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund (Legal Momentum) where she focused on litigation, legislative drafting and training on gender violence and employment discrimination issues. Ruth then spent over a decade as a law professor at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge Law School teaching gender and the law, criminal procedure and criminal law. Prior to joining OGC, Ruth was the Interim Director of Equity & Diversity at California State, Northridge and the Title IX Coordinator at Occidental College. She is admitted to practice law in California, New York and the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Education:

  • J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law
  • B.A., Government and Philosophy (High Honors), Smith College

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Speaking the Same Language: The Relationship Between Student Affairs and Legal Counsel, National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) Annual Conference, 2017
  • Colleges and Sexual Assault, Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Women's Coaches Conference, 2015
  • Redefining Sexual Assault: College Codes and Affirmative Consent, Law Review Symposium, McGeorge Law School, 2015
  • Title IX and Study Abroad: Supporting Students through a Coordinated Response, NAFSA Association of International Educators Regional Conference, 2015
  • Title IX Ensuring Compliance and Equity, PACCON (Consortium of small private colleges and universities on the West Coast) Annual Conference, 2014
  • ​Anti-Stalking Laws, United States Senate Judiciary Committee,1994

Contact:
Phone: (562) 951-4500
Fax: (562) 951-4956
rmjones@calstate.edu

Support Staff:
Danielle Reeves