RonNell Andersen Jones is an Associate Professor of Law at Brigham Young University's J. Reuben Clark Law School, where she teaches constitutional law, First Amendment, legislation and media law.
After graduating first in her law school class, Professor Jones clerked for the Honorable William A. Fletcher on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the United States Supreme Court. Before entering academia, she was an attorney in the appellate division of Jones Day, where her work focused on Supreme Court litigation and included major constitutional and First Amendment cases.
A former newspaper reporter and editor, Professor Jones researches and writes on legal issues affecting the press and on the intersection between media and the courts. She is a regular presenter at media law conferences and was the director of a nationwide empirical study of the frequency and impact of subpoenas served upon newspapers and television newsrooms. Her work on that project is regularly cited in debates on Capitol Hill and has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post and USA Today, as well as on MSNBC, Fox News and National Public Radio. Her recent articles have appeared in Minnesota Law Review, Washington Law Review, and Washington & Lee Law Review.
From 2004 to 2008, Professor Jones was a Distinguished Faculty Fellow at the University of Arizona Rogers College of Law, where she team taught an annual course about the United States Supreme Court with Justice O'Connor.