The Honorable Teri L. Jackson has served on the San Francisco Bench since September 2002. Judge Jackson currently presides over asbestos and CEQA litigation at the Civic Center Courthouse in San Francisco. She previously presided over civil and criminal trials. In 2008, she was one of the 22 judges selected by the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court to sit in Riverside County on a special Criminal Backlog Reduction Task Force. The task force was able to resolve more than 1,000 backlogged criminal cases in one year.
In June 2010, Chief Justice Ronald M. George appointed Judge Jackson to serve as an advisory member of the Judicial Council for a 3-year term, effective September 15, 2010. Judge Jackson became a voting member of the Judicial Council on June 1, 2011 after her appointment by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye.
Since January 2006, Judge Jackson has been teaching as an Adjunct Law Professor for the Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. Since January 2005 until December 2006 and January 2012 until the present, Judge Jackson held the position of Adjunct Law Professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law. She also was a Law Instructor for the San Francisco Law School from October 1984 to May 1992.
Gov. Gray Davis appointed Judge Jackson to the San Francisco Bench in August 2002. She is the first African American female judge to be appointed to the San Francisco Bench. Prior to her judicial appointment, Judge Jackson was an attorney for nearly five years with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP, in San Francisco, where she specialized in complex litigation, employment defense, real estate, trade secrets, bankruptcy and white-collar defense in federal and state Courts.
Before entering into private practice, Judge Jackson served as an Assistant District Attorney in the San Mateo County Attorney's Office, 1981 and the Office of the San Francisco Attorney, 1984. From May 1984 until November 1997, she held numerous Managing Attorney positions in Misdemeanor Trials, Domestic Violence and Homicide Units.
Judge Jackson earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. She is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Judge Jackson is a member of numerous professional associations, including the California Judges Association; Northern California Association of Business Trial Lawyers; and American Inn of Court, Edward J. McFetridge. She also is a member of several civic associations, including the Young Scholars Program; Board of Directors, Peninsula Community Foundation; Mid-Peninsula Boys and Girls Club; and the San Francisco Soroptimist.
In March 2008, Judge Jackson was the recipient of the Madam C.J. Walker Pioneer Award. She earned recognition in September 2007 from the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. In April 2006, she received the A. Philip Randolph Institute Roseina Tucker Award.