Richard S. (“Dick”) Jones Jr., of the Franklin law firm Jones, Key, Melvin & Patton, P.A., received the John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award from the North Carolina State Bar at its recent Annual Meeting in Raleigh.
The DSA is one of the highest honors awarded by the State Bar as it seeks to recognize those who have both cultivated knowledge of the law and enhanced public confidence in the law.
Among several criteria for the award is the devotion of professional time and resources to ensure equal access to justice for all those who, because of economic or social barriers, cannot afford or secure adequate legal counsel. Jones grew up in Franklin during the Great Depression and his mother served on the county’s ration board. His father had served as a North Carolina State Senator but was primarily a practicing lawyer in Franklin. His grandfather (George A. Jones), prior to his service as a Superior Court Judge, started the law firm in Franklin that continues to this day.