Exclusively for Members of the Leadership Akron Alumni Association, current Signature, NEXT and Diversity on Board Class participants, and Torchbearers members
Speaker: Cyrstal Jones, Attorney/Co-founder, Project Ujima
Moderator: Patrick Bravo, Executive Director, Summit County Land Bank
Come join us for breakfast the second Wednesday of each month, as we bring in Akron’s changemakers for leadership conversations focused on key elements of the Signature Program curriculum. Get to know the current class and engage with other alumni through this open forum.
Crystal Jones, Esq.
Crystal L. Jones is an attorney, Co-founder and former Executive Director of Project Ujima, Inc., a grassroots community engagement organization that teaches and facilitates Circle processes to help diverse citizens discuss issues of shared concern, develop relationships of trust, and go from talk to action.
Now the Circle Services Director, she serves as lead Facilitator Trainer, Circle Keeper and coordinator of Project Ujima’s circle services, including Pregnancy and Parenting Centering Circles, Race Dialogues, Akron Public Schools Circles for educators, students and parents, and Summit County Juvenile Court’s Peace Circle/Restorative Justice initiative.
Ms. Jones has served the Akron community in the legal field and as a community activist, including as court-appointed attorney and guardian ad litem with the Summit County Juvenile Court; adjunct faculty and visiting professor at The University of Akron School of Law; and Scholarship and College Access Coordinator for Project GRAD Akron. She is also a former teacher for Akron Public Schools.
Ms. Jones received her undergraduate degree (Summa Cum Laude) from SUNY at Buffalo and her law degree (Cum Laude) from The University of Houston School of Law, where she was an Associate Editor of the Houston Law Review. Following law school, she clerked for the late Honorable Jerre S. Williams, of the U.S. District Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit in Austin, Texas, and then went on to become an associate in commercial litigation with Fulbright & Jaworski Attorneys at Law in Houston.
She received her primary training in Circle Processes from the Kettering Foundation in Dayton Ohio, The International Institute of Restorative Practices, and Everyday Democracy.
She is licensed as an attorney in the states of Ohio and Texas and is author of the article, “No Child Left Behind Fails the Reality Test for Inner-City Schools,” published in the Cumberland Law Review in 2010.
Ms. Jones has been married for 44 years to her high school sweetheart, Mike Jones. The couple has two sons, Jason and Justin.