Rick Jones is the executive director and a founding member of the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem (NDS). He is a distinguished trial lawyer with more than 20 years of experience in complex, multi-forum litigation.
Jones teaches a criminal defense externship and a trial practice course at Columbia Law School. He is also on the faculty of the National Criminal Defense College (NCDC) in Macon, Ga. and is frequently invited to lecture on criminal justice issues throughout the country.
Jones currently serves as the secretary of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). He has previously served as a two-term member of the board of directors, as well as parliamentarian, a non-voting member of the executive committee for the 2011 to 2012 presidential term. He also served as co-chair of both the Indigent Defense Committee and the Special Task Force on Problem-Solving Courts, and is currently co-chair of the Task Force on Restoration of Rights and Status After Conviction.
He is a member of the New York State Bar Association Criminal Justice Section Executive Committee, sits on the boards of the New York State Defenders Association (NYSDA) and the Sirius Foundation, and serves on the Editorial Board of the Amsterdam News.