The Hon. Teri L. Jackson is a judge of the Superior Court of San Francisco County in California. She was appointed by former governor Gray Davis on August 14, 2002. She has served as the supervising judge for litigation involving asbestos and the California Environmental Quality Act as well as the supervising judge for the Criminal Grand Jury.
Jackson attended the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she earned a B.A. in politics and history in 1977. She then received a J.D. from Georgetown University Law School in 1980.
Jackson began her legal career as a deputy district attorney for the Office of the District Attorney of San Mateo County. Then, in 1984, she moved to the Office of the District Attorney of San Francisco County, where she served in the domestic violence unit, the felony charging unit, and the felony sexual assault unit. During her tenure in this position, she was the first person to successfully introduce expert testimony about elder abuse syndrome. She also co-founded the First Offender Prostitution Program, a rehabilitation program that has been replicated throughout the United States.
Jackson left the public sector in 1997. She joined Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe as counsel, where she specialized in complex litigation, employee defense, real estate, trade secrets, and white-collar defense trials. She worked in this capacity until her appointment to the bench in 2002.
Jackson is a former chair of the Committee of Bar Examiners. She has also served on the Criminal Law Advisory Committee of the Judicial Council of California. She has been a board member of the California Court Reporters Board, the Black Women Lawyers Association, and the Peninsula Community Foundation.
Jackson was a recipient of the Madam C.J. Walker Pioneer Award in 2008, the Community Service Award from the National Council of Negro Women in 2007, and the Rosina Tucker Award from the A. Philip Randolph Institute in 2006.
She is an adjunct professor at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and the University of San Francisco School of Law.
Jackson was born and raised in Berkeley, California. She is a graduate of Jefferson High School. She is the first African-American woman to serve as a judge for the Superior Court of San Francisco County.
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