Name: Steve C. Jones
Family: Married to Lillian Kincey
Hometown: Athens, Ga.
Current Town: Atlanta, GA.
What Years at UGA: 1975–1978, 1985-1987
School/Degree: UGA’s Terry College of Business, B.B.A., UGA School of Law, J.D. Degree
Profession: United States District Judge
Accolades: 2013: Alumni Distinguished Service Scroll Award, presented by the UGA Law School Association
2016: Portrait display, Athens-Clarke County Courthouse, Athens, Ga.
2015: Blue Key Service Award
2002–03: Distinguished Judicial Service Award, presented by the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia
What life lessons did you learn while at UGA?
“Have an open mind about matters, and respect the views of others even if they are diﬀerent from your views.”
What professor did you most admire (and why)?
“There were a number of professors that I admired and I don’t think that I can pick one over the other. I admired them because they sincerely cared about me as a person and challenged me to accomplish more than I thought I could accomplish.”
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
“Being married to the love of my life, my wife Lillian, for 27 years is my personal greatest achievement and becoming a United States District Judge is my greatest professional achievement.”
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
“Former NFL Head Football Coach, Tony Dungy. He has always conducted himself professionally, win or lose — and tries to be courteous to everyone.”
Who are your heroes in real life?
“My heroes in real life are members of my immediate and extended family. They have made sacrifces in their lives, so that I could accomplish things in my life. They have also always been supportive.”
Quote to live by:
““Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” Theodore Roosevelt
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
“An undefeated UGA football season that ends with a National Championship.”
What is your most marked characteristic?
“Patience. In an imperfect world, I think that you should not expect people (or life) to be exactly right all of the time. Life is not a sprint, but a marathon.”
What do you most value in your friends?
“Honesty, humor, and dependability.”
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
“Learn how to relax and not feel that I have to accomplish something every day.”
Who are your favorite writers (and why)?
“1. Melissa Faye Greene: I really like three books that she wrote, Praying for Sheet Rock, The Temple Bombing, and The Last Man Out.”
“2. Robert Caro: I like his biographies on American political fgures.”
“3. Loran Smith—because he has written some great books about UGA football teams and players.”
Fave social media and who to follow (and why)?
“I do not participate on social media”