Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Provost Marcella David today announced that associate dean for Academic Affairs Darryll K. Jones, J.D., LL.M., has been appointed to serve as the interim dean of the FAMU College of Law in Orlando, Fla. He replaces former Dean LeRoy Pernell, J.D., who stepped down, effective June 30, 2015, to return to the faculty.
Jones joined the College of Law in July 2009 as associate dean for Research and Faculty Development. In that role, he helped successfully guide the College through its first post-accreditation review. Prior to becoming a full-time tax law scholar, he served as general counsel at Columbia College Chicago and associate general counsel at the University of Florida. From 1993 to 2006, he taught at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he earned tenure and also served as associate dean for Academic Affairs from 2003 until 2006. From 2006 to 2009, Jones was professor of law at Stetson University College of Law. He also served for five years in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corp.
Jones is the author of “The Theory and Practice of Partnership Taxation” and has written several articles, including a monthly column entitled K-Rations, in Tax Notes magazine. Jones is also co-editor of the Nonprofit Law Professors Blog and lead co-author of “The Tax Law of Charities and Other Exempt Organizations.” His scholarship on federal taxation has appeared in the Florida Tax Review, the Virginia Tax Review, Brigham Young University Law Review, the University of Pittsburgh Law Review, Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business, and several other publications. Interim Dean Jones has been consulted by members of Congress, including the Senate Finance Committee, the House Ways and Means Committee, staff to the Joint Committee on Taxation, and the Internal Revenue Service on issues relating to individual income tax, partnership tax, and the tax laws of exempt organizations.
He received his Juris Doctor and Master of Laws degrees from the University of Florida.
Commenting on her appointment of Jones as interim dean, David said, “I am delighted that Associate Dean Jones has agreed to serve as interim dean of the College of Law during this period of transition. His in-depth knowledge of the mission, goals and objectives of the College of Law will help to ensure the College continues to maintain the high standards of excellence set by his predecessor.”
“I am pleased to be able to use my capabilities and experience to lead the College of Law during this period of transition,” said Jones. “I am very appreciative of President Mangum’s and Provost David’s steadfast commitment to the College of Law and the University. I look forward to working with them as we continue to provide our students with the educational experience that will enable them to compete successfully in the twenty-first-century global economy and to serve their communities.”
About FAMU College of Law
The College of Law is located in the heart of downtown Orlando, just steps from the George C. Young United States Courthouse and Federal Building; and mere blocks from governmental offices, major law firms, large corporations, and legal services agencies. The College’s prime location provides students with direct access to the area’s largest employers of individuals with law degrees, offering our students and graduates ample avenues to gain practical experience in the legal profession.
With tuition among the lowest of the 13 law schools in Florida along with a full-time day program and a part-time evening program, the College is distinctly positioned to offer the traditional student and the working professional a chance to earn a law degree while accruing minimal debt. In addition, the College has been named No. 1 among the 10 Best Bargain Law Schools by On Being a Black Lawyer.
Our student body is diverse – 72 percent minority and 56 percent women – helping to enrich a law school community where intellectual freedom and self-discovery are encouraged. Thanks to our renowned faculty, we focus on academic excellence in the classroom; emphasize practical experience and public service within our clinical programs; and stress professionalism through our co-curricular activities.