Leader in Law
The Honorable Jim Jones
Retiring Chief Justice of the Idaho Supreme Court
Justice Jim Jones is an Idaho native, who grew up on his family's farm in Eden. He attended his first year of college at Idaho State University in Pocatello (1960-61), transferring to the University of Oregon in Eugene, where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science in 1964. He attended Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, receiving a Juris Doctor Degree in 1967.
Justice Jones served as an artillery officer in the U.S. Army, including a 13-month tour in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged as a captain in August, 1969. In addition to a number of combat decorations, Justice Jones received an Army Commendation Medal for his civic action work with an orphanage run by the Cao Dai Church in Tay Ninh Province, Vietnam.
Justice Jones served as legislative assistant to former U.S. Senator Len B. Jordan for three years, commencing in 1970. He started a law practice in Jerome in 1973 and maintained it until he was elected as Idaho Attorney General in 1982. Justice Jones served two elected terms as Attorney General. Following the completion of his second term, he established a private law practice in Boise, which he maintained until being elected to the Idaho Supreme Court in 2004. He was re-elected in 2010. Justice Jones has served as a member of the board of Magic Valley Rehabilitation Services in Twin Falls (1975-1978), the advisory committee for KBSU Radio (1995-2000), the Idaho Vietnam Veterans Leadership Program (1983-1986), chairman of the Special Committee on Governmental Ethics, Lobbying and Political Campaign Financing (1987), chairman of the Attorney Generals Advisory Committee on Gasoline Pricing (1999), General Counsel of the Better Business Bureau Inc., Serving Southwest Idaho and Eastern Oregon (1995-2004), and Army Reserve Ambassador for Idaho (2002-2003). He received the Torch of Liberty Award from the Anti-Defamation League of Bnai Brith in 1987 and the Idaho Water Statesman of 1990 Award from the Idaho Water Users Association. During his tenure as Idaho Attorney General, he argued three cases before the United States Supreme Court.
Justice Jones is married to Boise author, Kelly Jones. They have three children, Kathy, Jon, and Kristi, as well as seven grandchildren.
Leader in Education
Capital High School Teacher
Cindy Wilson earned her B.A. in Political Science at Boise State University and has over 30 years of experience teaching civics and social studies to Idaho students. As a scholar-practitioner of civic engagement, she currently teaches US Government and AP US Government at Capital High School in Boise. Her work on experiential learning has earned her the Milken Educator Award, Meridian District Teacher of the Year, Idaho Human Rights Educator of the Year, Outstanding Teacher of Humanities (Idaho Humanities Council), and multiple appointments on community and national councils. Last year, Cindy was appointed by Governor Otter to the Idaho Board of Correction and is currently serving a six-year term, focusing on education and rehabilitation programs.
Cindy is also committed to building bridges of civic engagement and cultural understanding between American students and the world. She has traveled with educator and student delegations to China, Jordan, Israel, Germany, Ireland, South Korea, Japan, Spain, and Washington D.C. to foster Idaho partnerships with governments and non-governmental organizations and to improve the cultural literacy of Idaho students.
Above all, Cindy has a deep love for students and their personal development. Help in this effort from parents, supportive administrators, classroom guest speakers, and community partners in civics has helped her to build rich and rewarding life-long relationships throughout Idaho and the world.