Professor RonNell Andersen Jones is Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. A former newspaper reporter and editor, Professor Jones teaches, researches and writes on legal issues affecting the press and on the intersection between the media and the courts, with a particular focus on the U.S. Supreme Court. Her work on press issues has appeared in numerous top journals, including Michigan Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, UCLA Law Review, and Harvard Law Review Forum. A regular speaker at media law and First Amendment conferences, she served as the director of a widely cited nationwide study of the frequency and impact of subpoenas served upon newspapers and television newsrooms. Professor Jones’s scholarship also addresses emerging areas of social media law and issues of media access and government transparency.
Professor Jones graduated first in her law school class and clerked for the Honorable William A. Fletcher on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the United States Supreme Court. Prior to entering academia, she was an attorney in the appellate division of Jones Day, where her work focused on Supreme Court litigation and included major constitutional and First Amendment cases.
Before joining the faculty at the University of Utah, Professor Jones was Professor of Law and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Research at Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School, where she was twice named Professor of the Year. As a Distinguished Faculty Fellow at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, she team-taught an annual course about the United States Supreme Court with Justice O’Connor.