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Michael Jones

Michael E. Jones, J.D. Emeritus Faculty


Sports, Art & Entertainment Law and Media Law & Ethics

Research Interest

Copyrights, publicity rights and moral rights as applied to artists, celebrities and athletes.

Educational Background

B.A., Denison University
M.B.A, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
J.D., University of Miami
M.L.A., Harvard University


Michael E. Jones retired as a full-time faculty member in 2014 after serving as director of the Legal Studies program for many years and instructing undergraduate and graduate students for over three decades. He continues to teach as a professor emeritus in the fields of sports, entertainment, media and art law.

More than thirty years ago, Jones authored the first undergraduate text on Sports Law (Simon & Schuster). In 2016, this award-winning book was revised and updated in Rules of the Game: Sports Law, published by Rowman & Littlefield. Also, in 2016, Rowman & Littlefield published his ground breaking book Art Law: A Concise Guide for Artists, Curators and Art Educators. Jones co-authored the text, Intellectual Property Law Fundamentals (Carolina Press) with three of his colleagues in the Legal Studies program. In addition to these academic publications, Professor Jones and his wife edited the book Timeless: The Photography of Rowland Scherman (New England Press), which won an outstanding book award by the Peace Corps.

Besides his academic duties, Jones served on the bench as a trial court judge for over twenty years after being elected to four terms as a state representative. He continues to resolve non-drug related disputes for the national governing body of the Olympic sport of Triathlon. Professor Jones was named the Chief Judge for three different Triathlon Olympic Trials. He previously served as regional legal counsel for USA Swimming. Jones was the inaugural chairperson of the American Bar Association’s International Forum Committee on Sports and Entertainment Law. He, and a colleague, Professor William Weston, developed the first training program for sports agents, the Association of Representatives of Professional Athletes (ARPA). Jones helped write the initial collective bargaining agreement for the sport of professional soccer in North America.

Professor Jones is an accomplished fine artist and athlete. He created the official triathlon painting and poster for the 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 summer Olympic Games. His artwork is part of the permanent collection of museums geographically ranging from Beijing to Havana. For many years, he competed at the elite level as a swimmer, runner and triathlete while amassing national and world championship titles.