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Teri L. Jackson

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
State Superior Court Judge
County Attorney

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Steak
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Italy
Favorite Quote:
If you disagree with me, take me out.

Birthplace

Born:
11/10/1956
Birth Location:
Berkeley, California

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
State Superior Court Judge
County Attorney

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Steak
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Italy
Favorite Quote:
If you disagree with me, take me out.

Birthplace

Born:
11/10/1956
Birth Location:
Berkeley
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Biography

State superior court judge and county attorney Teri L. Jackson was born in 1957 to Beatrice and Alson Jackson in Berkeley, California, where she grew up with her sister, Portia Collins. After watching the movie To Kill a Mockingbird, she developed an interest in the justice system. Jackson graduated from Jefferson High School at the age of sixteen and began her studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she earned her B.A. degrees in politics and history in 1977. She then went on to earn her J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law School in 1980.

Upon passing her bar exam, Jackson was hired as a deputy district attorney of San Mateo County, where she works as a trial attorney. Three years later, she began work as a prosecutor for the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, serving in the domestic violence unit, the felony charging unit, and the felony sexual assault unit. Throughout her career, Jackson has worked to combat domestic abuse in the Bay Area. In 1988, she became the first person to successfully introduce expert testimony regarding elder abuse syndrome in a court case. In 1995, she co-founded the First Offender Prostitution Program (FOPP), a rehabilitation course for individuals arrested for their involvement with prostitution. The program was replicated in other American cities within years of its founding. Jackson became the first woman to head up a homicide unit in the state of California upon her promotion to head district attorney’s homicide unit in 1997.

After working in private practice with the law firm, of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP, Jackson was appointed to Superior Court Judge of California for the County of San Francisco in 2002. She was the first African American woman to serve in this position. She worked with an assortment of cases, including litigation in employment, trade secrets, the environment, real estate, and bankruptcy. Jackson has worked to increase the number of minorities working within the legal system, serving as an adjunct law professor at Hastings School of Law. Jackson is the recipient of the 2006 Rosina Tucker Award from the A. Philip Randolph Institute and the 2007 Community Service Award from the National Council of Negro Women, Inc.

Jackson is married to Imro Shair-Ali.

Teri L. Jackson was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 6, 2011.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Teri Jackson's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Teri Jackson talks about her mother's side of the family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Teri Jackson talks about her father's side of the family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Teri Jackson discusses her parents' upbringing and early adult lives
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Teri Jackson discusses her parents' marriage and decision to move to San Francisco, California
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Teri Jackson talks about her father's disposition and aspirations for his children
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Teri Jackson talks about her childhood and earliest memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Teri Jackson talks about religion and early childhood influences
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Teri Jackson talks about her early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Teri Jackson discusses her early exposure to the legal profession
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Teri Jackson talks about her school experience
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Teri Jackson discusses early experiences with racism
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Teri Jackson talks about recognizing a hurtful person from her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Teri Jackson talks about her junior high school experience during the 1960s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Teri Jackson discusses her parents' reactions to the Civil Rights Movement and Student Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Teri Jackson talks about the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Teri Jackson discusses her heroes
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Teri Jackson talks about her evolving views and extracurricular activities in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Teri Jackson discusses choosing a legal specialization, her early legal influences and choosing a college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Teri Jackson describes her experience attending the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the important world events of 1973
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Teri Jackson talks about choosing a law school and her experience attending Georgetown Law School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Teri Jackson talks about her work as a Deputy District Attorney in San Mateo County, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Teri Jackson describes the challenges she faced as an African American female Deputy District Attorney
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Teri Jackson discusses her work with the San Francisco District Attorney's Office and domestic violence cases
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Teri Jackson discusses prosecuting elder abuse cases and developments in domestic violence laws
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Teri Jackson discusses her opinions of the O.J. Simpson trial
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Teri Jackson talks about her most significant cases as an Assistant District Attorney
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Teri Jackson discusses being appointed to a judgeship of the Superior Court of California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Teri Jackson talks about her experience as a judge and her judicial approach
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Teri Jackson talks about memorable cases she has tried as a Superior Court Judge
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Teri Jackson describes the impact of presiding over criminal court cases
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Teri Jackson talks about the dangers of being a judge and her judicial philosophy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Teri Jackson discusses her career activities and accomplishments
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Teri Jackson gives advice to future lawyers
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Teri Jackson discusses her hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Teri Jackson reflects on her career and legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Teri Jackson talks about African American bar associations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Teri Jackson talks about her family and how she would like to be remembered