(April 24, 1931 – Dec. 18,
FRANKLIN JONES, JR.
State Bar President, 1980-1981
Franklin Jones, Jr., of Marshall was a partner in the law firm of
Jones, Jones & Baldwin, served as State Bar vice-president in
1970-71. For three years prior to that, he served on the State Bar
Board of Directors. Jones' major focus in Bar activities was prepaid
legal services. He was chairman of the State Bar Committee on Prepaid
and Group Legal Services from 1971 until 1977, served as president and
chairman of the board of directors of the Texas Legal Protection Plan
Jones also served on the State Bar Committee on Administration of
Justice (1971-1974), the Committee on Legal Specialization (1973), and
the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (1974-1975). He is also a past
president of the Harrison County and Northeast Texas Bar Associations.
In 1976, Jones was one of two attorneys honored with the Award of
Achievement by a committee of past Bar presidents. Jones was board
certified in civil trial law and personal injury trial law by the Texas
Board of Legal Specialization. He was honored as a Fellow of the Texas
Bar Foundation, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and American
College of Trial Lawyers. A native of Marshall, Jones obtained his B.A.
and LL.B. degrees from the University of Texas at Austin in 1952 and
1954, respectively. He was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1953. Jones
married the former Elizabeth Francisco of Houston. They have a son and