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Obituary: Leading Arbitrator and UCLA School of Law Professor Edgar A. Jones, Jr.


LOS ANGELES, CA, May 14, 2013—Edgar A. Jones, Jr., UCLA School of Law professor of law emeritus and a national expert on labor law and arbitration, passed away on May 10 in Los Angeles at the age of 92.

Professor Jones was a distinguished legal scholar and an esteemed member of the UCLA School Law faculty for 40 years. He was one of the law school’s foundational faculty members, joining UCLA School of Law in 1951, and he also served as the law school’s assistant dean. Professor Jones taught labor law and arbitration at UCLA School of Law while also arbitrating labor disputes for numerous corporations, as well as for educational and government agencies including the city and county of Los Angeles.

Professor Jones’ extensive professional activities included years of service to the National Academy of Arbitrators. He served as president of the organization in 1981, and he was the founding editor of the organization’s newspaper, The Chronicle. In addition to his teaching and arbitration duties, Professor Jones was also chosen, over a number of professional actors, for the role of “judge” on the ABC-TV courtroom dramas “Traffic Court,” “Day in Court” and “Accused,” which filmed reenactments of actual court cases. He presided as judge on the programs from 1958-1964.

Professor Jones authored numerous articles on labor law and arbitration during his long academic career, and his books include Cases and Materials on Labor-management Law. He was a beloved teacher who influenced hundreds of students throughout his venerated professional career, and his contributions to the law school are part of the legacy of his commitment to, and passion for, the law.

Professor Jones was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1921 and grew up in Asbury Park, New Jersey. He received a B.A. degree from Wesleyan University in 1942. He was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps from 1942-1945, and he received an LL.B. degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1950. At UVA, he created and was the founding editor of the Virginia Law Weekly (which is in its 65th volume) and from which he had Roscoe Pound report from China. Following law school, he worked with renowned University of Virginia labor law professor Charles O. Gregory.

In addition to his 11 children, Professor Jones is survived by his wife, Helen Jones, who he has been married to since 1945; 23 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on May 17 at the Corpus Christi Church in Pacific Palisades.