Stories Featuring President John E. Jones III ’77, P’11.


City & State PA

Pennsylvania’s highest court directs counties not to count undated ballots

"I almost think that that is a recognition on the part of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that those ballots were still going to be in play based on the potential federal litigation."


Court decisions and challenges cause "utter chaos" in PA election

"There is potentially more federal litigation to come."

Pennsylvania Capital-Star

Pa. elections likely to generate a new round of lawsuits over mail-in ballots, retired judges say

"It’s very unfortunate that this question is hanging out there unresolved."


Pa. voters shouldn’t expect results on Election Day – but trust the system, judges say

"Jones said the situation with undated ballots could trigger "utter chaos" following the election."


Pennsylvania court orders counties not to count undated, incorrectly dated ballots

"I think there's every chance that this litigation continues, but it continues in federal courts."

Business Insider

Threats against judges skyrocketed during the Trump era, and experts are now fearing for the worst

"I'm sickened by the fact that we can't moderate some of this rhetoric."

Business Insider

Inside the threats federal judges are facing across the country: suspicious packages, white powdery substances, and a 'swatting'

"It's completely irresponsible. It's like public figure malpractice, because we're dealing with a really volatile public at this point."

This Week In Pennsylvania

This Week in Pennsylvania: Dan Meuser

"Former federal judge and Dickinson College President John E. Jones III discussed the legal rulings around Pennsylvania mail-in ballots ahead of the election."

Career Authors

How to Leave Your Day Job Without Quitting

"'Recently, I was invited by my pre-law alma mater, Dickinson College, to join College President John Jones in a panel discussion: Just two ex-lawyers talking about not being lawyers anymore,' writes Amy Impellizzeri."


Max Baer, Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s chief justice, dies

"Chief Justice Max Baer was a longtime friend whom I long admired."

National Law Journal

Finding an 'Agreeable' Special Master to Review Trump Docs Won’t Be Easy, Experts Say

"Generally the situations are few where you’d support a special master, but they have their utility."


Pa. Rep. Scott Perry calls Justice Department corrupt but provides no evidence

"I think it is reckless and not becoming a federal office holder to make the statement that there is some type of agreement that is specifically directed at doing him harm."


Rep. Perry sues DOJ in effort to block access to his phone

"He can contend that it's politically motivated but that's just so much chatter in my view. He's going to have to come up with a good legal theory."


Former federal judge worries a judge will be killed in today’s political atmosphere

"We need our public figures to start speaking more responsibly."

Philadelphia Inquirer

I’m afraid a judge is going to be killed

"Radicalized statements and utterly false narratives promulgated by former President Trump and his followers are expediting the need for Congress to take action on judicial security."

Michael Smerconish Newsletter

This Supreme Court Will Blur the Line Between Church and State

"Cases of this type are always controversial and typically invoke great passion."

WITF Smart Talk

Will judges get more protection after man charged with attempted murder of Justice Kavanaugh?

"Dickinson College President John Jones is a former Federal Court Judge and was appointed by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts to the Committee on Judicial Security. Judge Jones appears on Wednesday’s Smart Talk."

The PIE News

Interview with John E. Jones III, President of Dickinson College

"Jones is in the midst of an international tour when he talks to the PIE."

Bench Report: In Wake of Threat to Kavanaugh, Ex-US Judge Reflects on Judicial Security

"In the wake of this week’s threatened assassination of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, I spoke with Jones, now president of his alma mater Dickinson College, about his time on the committee, his own history of threats and security details and what he hopes to see Congress do to protect judges in the future."

Michael Smerconish Newsletter

Has Anyone Thought About the Chief?

"An ancillary topic is how this leak will affect the Supreme Court as an institution."


From Top Judge in Federal Court to Top Dog on College Campus, No Keeping up with John Jones

"John Jones was 19 years into a lifetime appointment as a federal judge when he decided on a different path: presidency at Dickinson College from which he graduated in 1977."

WITF SmartTalk

Tree of Life Synagogue mass shooting marks third anniversary with summit event

"Dickinson College interim President John E. Jones III discusses how the juducial system can better address extremism."

WITF SmartTalk

Leadership change at Dickinson College; former chief judge takes the helm

"One central Pennsylvania man is making the unlikely transition from Federal Court chief judge to College president."


Op-ed: We are All Americans, and Democracy Is Our Shared Faith

"'We must recommit ourselves to upholding the great American tradition of combining vigorous political debate with a respect for the law and a peaceful transfer of power,' writes Dickinson interim President John E. Jones III."


Pennsylvania Judges Unveil Educational Toolkit to Teach Children about the Pennsylvania Judiciary

"'Pennsylvania is rich with history that has shaped our landscape from Philadelphia to Erie and impacted the nation but so much of that information lacks detail on how the work and the role of the courts plays a significant role,' said Dickinson College interim President John E. Jones III"