Adjunct Professor Teri L. Jackson is the first African-American woman to serve as a superior court judge in San Francisco. She has extensive litigation experience in civil and criminal law. In 2008, she was selected by the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court to sit in Riverside County on a special Criminal Backlog Reduction Task Force, which resolved more than one thousand backlogged criminal cases in one year. She also served as an advisory member and then voting member of the Judicial Council. She received the Madam C.J. Walker Pioneer Award in 2008, recognition from the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. in 2007, and the A. Philip Randolph Institute Roseina Tucker Award in 2006.
Prior to becoming a judge in 2002, Jackson was of counsel for Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, where she focused on complex commercial litigation. For more than 14 years, she worked as a prosecutor for the San Francisco District Office and the San Mateo County District Attorney. While an assistant district attorney of the San Francisco District Attorney's Office, she served as the managing attorney for homicide, domestic violence, and misdemeanor trials. She has also taught Evidence and Trial Advocacy at UC Hastings.