Thomas Jefferson School of Law Board of Trustees member Randy K. Jones is among twelve people being honored on Tuesday evening, November 16 at the KPBS and Union Bank event “2010 Local Heroes Awards” which celebrates cultural diversity.
Jones, who is an Assistant United States Attorney in San Diego, is receiving the award as part of a year long program designed to “celebrate local heroes who are making a difference to enrich the lives of others…by improving their workplace, profession, neighborhood, community, region and the world,” according to KPBS. The station says Jones is being honored in connection with Black History Month, which is celebrated in January.
“Needless to say, I am honored and humbled to have been selected by KPBS and Union Bank as a ‘2010 Local Hero,’ said Jones. “Words can't express what it means to me to be in the company of all the other outstanding recipients and to know that there are people who appreciate what I do in the San Diego community and feel that I am worthy of such an award as this.”
Jones went on to say, ”Merriam-Webster defines hero as, ‘a mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength and ability.’ Based upon that definition, I don't think of myself as a hero. I am just a man who tries to make our community a better place for all and who strives, in everything I do, to answer, what my hero, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said was life's most persistent and urgent question, and that is, ‘what are you doing for others?’ I truly believe that what you do in the service of others determines one's greatness; and if that makes me a hero, then I am truly grateful for this high honor.”
About Randy K. Jones: In addition to serving on the Thomas Jefferson School of Law Board of Trustees, Randy K. Jones has spent more than 20 years as the Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of California in San Diego and currently holds the rank of commander in the United States Navy Reserve. He is also the local coordinator for Project Safe Neighborhoods, serves as a mentor and tutor, and volunteers on the board of directors of numerous organizations, including the YMCA of San Diego County. Mr. Jones is the former president of the National Bar Association and founded the Neighborhood Law School, a program designed to provide lay people of modest financial means an opportunity to understand the law. He has received numerous honors, including being named one of the “100 Most Influential California Lawyers,” and one of Ebony magazine’s “100 Most Influential National Leaders.”