The Honorable Scott Jackson

Alameda County Superior Court, Department 402


The Hon. Scott Jackson is a judge for the Alameda County Superior Court in California. He was elected to the bench in 2016.

Judge Jackson graduated with his B.A. in political science and history from Williams College in 1992. He went on to earn his J.D. from George Washington University Law School in 1997.

After law school, Jackson became a deputy district attorney for the Alameda County District Attorney's Office. During his thirteen-year tenure there, Jackson helped prosecute sexual assault and homicide cases. He also served as the Misdemeanor Trial Team supervisor and taught continuing education classes for the D.A.'s office.

He left the public sector in 2011 to serve as a partner at the law firm of Fitzgerald, Abbott, and Beardsley LLP, where he would practice general civil and employment litigation. He remained with the firm, which became Donahue Fitzgerald LLP, until 2015.

Jackson also taught trial advocacy, civil deposition practice, and professional responsibility as a visiting professor at the Golden Gate University Law School. Just prior to being elected to the Superior Court, Jackson was serving as the Director of the law school's Litigation Center. In that role, Jackson was tasked with overseeing the center's faculty and student organizations. He also directed Golden Gate University Law School's Summer Trial and Evidence Program and the In Vino Veritas Criminal Mock Trial competition.

While on the bench, Judge Jackson has presided over a juvenile delinquency calendar at the Juvenile Justice Center.

He has served on the board of the Volunteer Legal Services Corporation (now Legal Access Alameda), which provides pro bono assistance to the less fortunate in Alameda County. He has also served on the board of the Charles Houston Bar Association, the Elizabeth House, and the Montclair Soccer Club.

Judge Jackson, who grew up in Chicago, lives in Oakland with his wife and three children.

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