A Summit Hill man was officially sworn into the Washington State Bar Association in a ceremony conducted in his home County of Carbon.

Thomas L. Jones, Esq., son of William and Donna Jones of Summit Hill, was issued his oath of office by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic of the Carbon County Court of Common Pleas.

The event took place on Sept. 26. In attendance were Thomas' parents, his grandmother, Helen Jones, sister, Lauren Williams, and at the request of Thomas' family, longtime family friends Recorder of Deeds Emmett McCall, Controller Robert Crampsie and Commissioner William O'Gurek.

Jones graduated from Kutztown University with honors in 2002 and Widener University School of Law in 2005.

At Widener, he represented the law school at the National Trial Competition and worked at the Harrisburg Law Firm of Farrell and Ricci, P.C., a professional liability defense firm. Also at Widener, he served as assistant director of the university's international program in Geneva, Switzerland, which centered on public international criminal and human rights law.

During his third year of law school, Jones was a judicial extern in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to U.S. Magistrate Judge Gustavo Gelpi and U.S. District Court Judge Jay A. Garcia-Gregory, where he authored several published opinions. Additionally, while in San Juan, he worked for the federal practice firm of Nachman and Guillemard, P.C., where he received experience in cases involving civil and political rights in employment, federal and state election law and marketing and distribution law.

Following graduation from Widener, Jones returned to San Juan, accepting a federal clerkship with the Hon. Justo Arenas, Chief United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Puerto Rico, where he wrote opinions on intellectual property, social security, maritime law and contract/entertainment law. Upon completion of his clerkship and immediately preceding his service in the U.S. Merchant Marines, he served as a law clerk to Carmen Conde and Associates, a commercial bankruptcy law firm. In that capacity, Jones worked with the managing partner at Conde in cases involving the reorganization of engineering firms, telecommunication companies and the El Commandante Race Track.

Since 2007, Jones has been serving in the Merchant Marines as a member of the Seafarers International Union (SIU). Currently, he is employed by General Dynamics/American Overseas Marine, where he is the chief electrician in the engineering department aboard a U.S. Marine Corps supply vessel USNS 1st Lt. Jack Lummus, manned by a hybrid crew of military personnel and civilian merchant mariners. In 2008, the vessel served as a platform for Operation Key Resolve/Foal Eagle, an exercise conducted in South Korea by a co-op of the U.S. and Korean militaries. Under direction of the Department of Defense, the vessel also delivered U.S. Agency for International Development cargo to Port Au Prince, Haiti, following the 2010 earthquake.

Jones describes his experience in the Merchant Marines as "a desire to explore, to gain experience in a technical field and to one day blend law, labor and maritime into my career as a lawyer."

Atty. Jones thanked Judge Nanovic for his assistance in issuing him his oath of office to a bar association in another state.