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Jim Jenkins

Partner, Maloy Jenkins Parker

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Joe Johnson

Johnson is a graduate of Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina and the University of Kansas School of Law. He began work in the Topeka public defender's office in 1975, then opened his private practice two years later, focusing primarily on criminal defense. He was in private practice for 28 years before his 2005 appointment to the bench in the 3rd Judicial District by Gov.…Read More
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Johnson is a graduate of Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina and the University of Kansas School of Law. He began work in the Topeka public defender’s office in 1975, then opened his private practice two years later, focusing primarily on criminal defense. He was in private practice for 28 years before his 2005 appointment to the bench in the 3rd Judicial District by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. He was the first African-American judge in the history of the judicial district, which is composed of Shawnee County. Johnson said he has seen small steps of progress in the Kansas judicial ranks when it comes to diversity. With his retirement, he said, “Kansas will have only three African-American district court judges and one serving on the Kansas Court of Appeals.”

In addition to his judicial duties, Johnson teaches at the National Criminal Defense College at the Mercer University School of Law in Macon, Ga.; the Trial Advocacy Institute at the University of Wyoming School of Law in Laramie; and the Intensive Trial Advocacy Program at Yeshiva University Cardoza School of Law in New York. He holds memberships in the National and State Criminal Defense Lawyers Associations, the American College of trial Lawyers, and the American Board of Criminal Lawyers. After more than a decade of serving as a judge, Johnson said at times the responsibility of the office is overwhelming. “When I was in practice, my viewpoint was primarily from the person I was representing,” he said. “Sometimes I felt the court was taking the easy way out. After taking the bench, it became clear to me that making the right decision was overwhelming. It’s very difficult to assess what the judge has to go through. From that standpoint, it was quite humbling. There was a lot more to it than I thought.” Johnson said he appreciates the trust and support extended to him by the residents of Shawnee County and hopes his service lived up to their expectations.

In retirement, Johnson said he plans to continue lecturing and teaching and to play golf in each of the 50 states. Johnson and his wife have two children, three grandsons, and two granddaughters

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Rick Jones

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Omodare Jupiter

Federal Public Defender – Mississippi

Omodare Jupiter has represented indigent clients for almost all of his legal career. On April 1, 2019 he began his tenure as the Federal Public Defender for the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi. Before his appointment to this position, he served in the same capacity for the District of the United States Virgin Islands from 2013 - 2019.…Read More
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Omodare Jupiter has represented indigent clients for almost all of his legal career. On April 1, 2019 he began his tenure as the Federal Public Defender for the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi. Before his appointment to this position, he served in the same capacity for the District of the United States Virgin Islands from 2013 – 2019. He was an Assistant Federal Defender in Mississippi from 2004 – 2013, and did the same in Seattle, Washington from 2000 – 2004. He was a local public defender in New Orleans (1996 – 2000), and began his career at the Public Defender Service (PDS) in Washington, D.C (1990 – 1994).
He graduated from Howard University School of Law in 1989, and from Loyola University in 1986. Omodare grew up in New Orleans and is the proud father of three sons who all attend college in Mississippi. He also serves as a member of the faculty of the National Criminal Defense College.

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