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In Memory of Shelley E. Jones

May 21, 2024

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With heavy hearts, the Alabama Law community mourns the passing of Shelley E. Jones. Shelley was an influential education advocate, friend to the Law School, and spouse of the late Alabama Law interim dean and professor, Tom Jones, who was recently inducted into the Alabama Lawyers Hall of Fame. Even after Tom’s passing, Shelley remained in close contact with the Law School, and she will forever be a part of the Alabama Law community.

Shelley spent 34 years in the public school system, including her service as principal at Woodland Forrest Elementary, where she retired in 1995. Shortly after retiring, she became involved with The University of Alabama’s Honor College. Shelley’s role as a principal and in developing the educational curriculum led to her receiving the national Distinguished Principals Award from the Library of Congress. Read more about her life and career here.

We are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend, and we extend our heartfelt condolences to her loved ones. We will miss Shelley greatly.



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