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BECKET JONES

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There are a multitude of ways in which the 8th District Court can improve to benefit this community, and I have a plan on how we can all get from Point A to Point B.

Becket Jones

Becket Jones OutsideMy wife and I moved to Kalamazoo County in 2009 after she took a job locally as a Mechanical Engineer, and as I finished Law School and began working professionally / studying for the Bar Exam. We fell in love with the community, and have set down deep roots.

Academically, I am the product of the inner city public school system in Lansing, Michigan, followed by Michigan State University, and Thomas M. Cooley Law School. I am where I am today because my Mother and Father pushed education as the primary avenue to a better life.

I attended Michigan State University on a full tuition, academic / financial need-based scholarship, through the Evans Scholars Foundation. When I earned the Evans Scholarship I understood that I was able to further my education on the charity of others. It was a dream come true, as I knew my family and I could not afford the tuition at a major university. That charity by strangers has evolved into the core of my being.

In 2010 I began working with Hills at Law, P.C. as a Law Clerk, and was kept on as an Associate Attorney after I passed the Bar Exam. At the time all of my professional experience in the legal world was related to bankruptcies (federal law), landlord-tenant law, and business / civil litigation.

However, I quickly found myself realizing that I was in a firm, Hills at Law, P.C., that did things correctly both inside and outside the courtroom. I found myself being mentored by two of the best Trial Attorneys in the State of Michigan (James D. Hills and Michael D. Hills) on how to be a Trial Attorney. And I found myself amongst colleagues who did not just view the practice of law as just a lucrative financial enterprise. The demand from my firm was then, and is now, to (1) be master of the trade you are in, (2) to improve your client’s position, both from an in-case perspective, and a long term benefit perspective with education and appropriate counseling to the client, and (3) to be a leader within the legal and broader community. These demands were non-negotiable, and also aligned with my core values.

Throughout my career, I have taken on court-appointed clients (individuals who cannot afford the constitutionally required legal representation in criminal cases), privately retained clients, and a long list of pro bono / reduced fee clients (primarily from El Concilio / Hispanic American Council, and the YWCA). Whether a client retains privately, or I take on a case on a reduced / no fee basis, the matter is handled with the same zealousness. I believe fundamentally that individuals in the criminal justice system are required high quality legal representation, irrespective of their financial means.

Since 2011 I have been devoted to Mock Trial at the High School level in the State of Michigan. I coached the Kalamazoo Central High School Mock Trial Team as both a Lead Attorney and Assistant Attorney Coach from 2011-2018. Since stepping away from direct coaching of that team, I have maintained involvement with Mock Trial as a Presiding Judge in High School Regional, State, and National competitions, and have done the same at the Collegiate level as well.

Since I began practice I have also served on the Board of Directors for Pretty Lake Vacation Camp, El Concilio, South Portage Little League, Kalamazoo County Bar Association, and the Kalamazoo County Trial Lawyers Association.

I am who I am today, in large part, because of the charity of others, and am still striving to repay the debt that I owe to so many by sharing what I have learned. I have tried my best to live a thoughtful and considerate life to not only benefit myself and my growth, but to benefit those that my life intersects with.

Finally, my decision to run in this election is based largely in part on what I see as necessary improvements to be made to the 8th District Court. There are a multitude of ways in which the 8th District Court can improve to benefit this community, and I have a plan on how we can all get from Point A to Point B on those improvements. I’ve never believed in continuing with the status quo, and if I earn your confidence and your vote, I hope my judicial legacy will be the consistent improvement of Court Services in this community. As we progress through this campaign season, I will frequently write and speak about the improvements that can and should be made moving forward.

I am happy to have a conversation if you reach out, and we would love to have you as a part of our team.

Respectfully,

Becket Jones

Candidate for 8th District Court Judge (Non-Incumbent Position)

Lansing Eastern High School (2000)

Michigan State University (2004)

Major - General Business Administration Pre-Law
Cognates - Finance / Economics

Thomas M. Cooley Law School (2009)

Hillman Trial Advocacy Program

- Basic Program (2012)
- Advanced Program (2019)

Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan Trial College (2015)

Advanced Training on Standard Field Sobriety Testing - Alcohol / Drug Testing (2017 and 2021)

Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan - Bi-Annual Conferences (2018 - Present)

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Kalamazoo Central

KALAMAZOO CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL MOCK TRIAL PROGRAM

- Lead Attorney & Assistant Attorney Coach (2011-2018) - Have maintained direct involvement as a Presiding Judge in both High School and Collegiate Mock Trial with the Michigan Center for Civic Education and Michigan State University since 2018
Pretty Lake

PRETTY LAKE VACATION CAMP

- Board Member (2014-2016)
el concilio

EL CONCILIO (Formerly Hispanic American Council)

- Board Member (2019-2020)
south portage little league

SOUTH PORTAGE LITTLE LEAGUE

- Board Member / Safety Officer (2020 - Present)
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