B. Todd Jones ’79

2010 Catharine Lealtad
Service to Society Award

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On the eve of the first Gulf War, Marine Corps Reservist Todd Jones was recalled to active duty and given seven days to report. At the time, he was a lawyer with a prestigious Minneapolis law firm and the father of three. His wife, Margaret Samanant Jones '80, was expecting their fourth. Nevertheless, as the men in his family have done since the Civil War, he answered the call of his country.

In 2009 Jones once again answered a call when nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as US Attorney for Minnesota. With Senate confirmation, he returned to the office he held from 1998 to 2001 under the Clinton administration. Before his return, Jones was a partner with Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi.

During law school at the University of Minnesota, Jones attended Officer Candidate School, intending to serve as a lawyer in the Marines. But when the time came, he dropped his law contract to become an infantry officer, the kind that lands on beachheads and jumps out of helicopters. When he later joined the Judge Advocate Corps and tried cases in military court, he was a prior infantry officer as well as an attorney.

Jones was sworn in by US District Court Judge Michael Davis '69. Also attending was Attorney General Eric Holder, who has chosen Jones to lead a special US attorneys advisory group because of his passion for justice and fairness. Said Holder, "Not only will Todd serve as a superb US attorney here in his home state, but he will also be an integral part of the Justice Department team that we are assembling in Washington, DC."