Meldon D. Jenkins-Jones is the law librarian at the Richmond Public Law Library.
A native of New York City, Meldon’s vibrant career has spanned both the legal and information studies fields.
Her legal career began while working in the Mayor’s Policy and Development Office in Newark, NJ. She then practiced in Landlord-Tenant Court while employed at the Newark Housing and Redevelopment Authority. Meldon gained invaluable training and experience as the second female African American Assistant Prosecutor for Essex County, New Jersey. After a brief stint as the Director of Intergovernmental and Congressional Affairs, U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Region 2, Meldon opened her own solo law office where she maintained a general practice from July 1981 through 2003 when she retired.
Meldon has had the pleasure of stretching her work activities at RPL to include time as the Interim Community Services Manager for the West End Branch as well as the initiation of two Writers Groups, one of which—the Main Writers Group—she still facilitates, and a literacy program for African American male teens called Black Male Emergent Readers (BMER).
In 2013, Meldon initiated the Community Law Series of classes for the general public on such topics as Estate Planning, Teen Empowerment, Starting a Business, and Workers’ Compensation. BMER and the Community Law classes have earned Meldon recognition from the City of Richmond—a Tri-annual Rise! Achievement Award and a 2014 Annual Mayor Award. Meldon also earned a Certificate of Completion of the City’s Aspire Career Development Series.
Meldon is an active member of the Virginia Library Association, the American Association of Law Libraries—where she is a member of the Diversity Committee as well as the Black Caucus, and a contributor to the AALL Spectrum online Blog—and the Virginia Association of Law Libraries where she is a new Director and a member of the Access to Justice Committee. She is also a member of the American Library Association.
Meldon completed her Bachelors degree at Smith College, where she majored in Russian Civilization and minored in Black Studies and Physics. She went on to graduate from Rutgers University School of Law – Newark with a J.D. Meldon received her Masters degree at the Florida State University School of Library and Information Studies.
Meldon’s greatest interests are her two children--Meldon and Alexander—and three grandchildren. (Meldon’s husband of 28 years, Rev. Rayford Jones, passed away in July 2014.) Her daughter Mel is currently pursuing her M.A. in Journalism and Public Affairs at American University and her son Alex is in law enforcement. In her spare time, Meldon also enjoys writing and traveling and has visited Poland, Russia, Canada, and a few Caribbean islands.