U.S. District Judge Jones to speak at prayer breakfast

COVINGTON -- U.S. District Court Judge Steve C. Jones, Northern District of Georgia, will be the guest speaker at the annual legislative prayer breakfast hosted by the Rotary Club of Covington and the Covington Kiwanis Club.

The breakfast is set for Friday, Jan. 11, 7:30 a.m., at the Turner Lake Complex. The event is open to the community and a light breakfast will be served.

Jones was nominated by President Barack Obama to become a U.S. District judge in 2011. He presides over cases that involve the U.S. government, the U.S. Constitution, federal laws, controversies between citizens of different states, and other matters.

Prior to his nomination to the district court, Jones served as a Superior Court judge in the Western Judicial Circuit (Athens-Clarke and Oconee counties). Jones was appointed to the Superior Court in 1995 where he presided over civil and criminal cases. In addition to his regular caseload, Jones also presided over the Western Judicial Circuit Felony Drug Court Program, a program that integrates alcohol and substance abuse treatment with court supervision. Prior to his Superior Court appointment, Jones served as an Athens-Clarke County Municipal Court judge, assistant district attorney for the Western Judicial Circuit, and director of the Athens Child Support Recovery Unit.

Jones has offered his time and leadership to numerous academic, community, legal, and social organizations. He currently serves as president of the University of Georgia's Alumni Association, which includes memberships on UGA's Board of Visitors, Athletic Board, and Georgia Foundation. He also serves as president of the UGA Chapter of the National Football Foundation, College Hall of Fame.

Jones is a member of the Old War Horse Lawyer's Club and the Lawyer's Club of Atlanta. He is the former chair of the Georgia Judicial Qualifications Commission; the University of Georgia School of Law's Board of Visitors; and the Athens Area Community Foundation.

Jones has won many awards for his judicial and community service. In 1998, he was the recipient of the Chief Justice Robert Benham Award for Community Service. In 2007, he received the Volunteer of the Year Award, presented by the Junior League of Athens and Athens First Bank & Trust. Also in 2007, he was named Omega Citizen of the Year by the Zeta Beta Beta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

Jones received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Georgia. He is married to Lillian Kincey.