February 17, 2020

February 17, 2020

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Judge Nathaniel Jones, 1926-2020

Judge Nathaniel Jones passed away yesterday.  He was a Cincinnati icon, having served as the first African American AUSA in the Northern District of Ohio, leading the civil rights litigation efforts of the NAACP during the 1970s, and serving on the Sixth Circuit for more than twenty years.  For those wishing to review his career, there are already a number of moving obituaries available online as is his autobiography.

As I knew him, in the last years of his life, Judge Jones was kind, generous with his time, and courteous in a way that few now are.  You could not talk to him without coming away with the impression that here was one of the great and the good.  Our profession can lead us to become prickly, self-aggrandizing, and quick to judge others.  But Judge Jones came away from his legal battles with both strength and charity.  We will miss him.

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Colter Paulson, Squire Patton Boggs, Appellate Litigation, Manufacturing Lawyer
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Contributor to the Squire Patton Boggs Sixth Circuit Appellate Blog, which discusses news and opinions from the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Colter Paulson focuses his practice on litigation, particularly appellate litigation. He has litigated matters in the manufacturing, finance, design, healthcare and high-tech industries including employment cases. Colter also has experience in copyright and patent litigation, both at trial level and on appeal to the Federal Circuit. As an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law,...

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