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California State Court of AppealCandidate for Justice, District 1, Division 5

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Teri L. Jackson

Presiding Justice, CA Court of Appeal, District 1, Division 5, 2021-present: VOTER APPROVAL NEEDED TO REMAIN IN OFFICE
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  • [In retention elections, justices do not run against opposing candidates.]
  • [If a justice receives more “yes” votes than "no" votes, the justice will remain in his or her position for another term.]
  • [If not, the justice will complete the current term and then a new justice will be appointed by the Governor.]



Profession:Presiding Justice, CA Court of Appeal
Adjunct Law Professor, University of San Francisco School of Law (2012–not availa)
Adjunct Law Professor, UC Hastings College of Law (San Francisco) (2006–not availa)
Presiding Justice, CA Court of Appeal, District 1, Division 5 — Appointed position (2021–current)
Associate Justice, CA Court of Appeal, District 1, Division 3 — Appointed position (2019–2021)
Judge (Presiding Judge 2017-2019), San Francisco Superior Court — Elected position (2002–2019)
Of Counsel, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLC (1984–2002)
Assistant District Attorney, San Francisco District Attorney's Office — Appointed position (1984–1997)
Prosecutor, San Mateo County District Attorney's Office — Appointed position (1981–1994)
Law Instructor, San Francisco Law School (1984–1992)


Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C. J.D., law (1980)
UC Santa Cruz B.A., politics and history (1977)

Community Activities

Chair, California Committee of Bar Examiners (not availa–not availa)


Official biography from the CA Court of Appeal website:

Justice Teri L. Jackson was first appointed to the California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, Division Three, in November 2019 by Governor Gavin Newsom. The Commission on Judicial Appointments confirmed her appointment in January 2020. In August 2021, Justice Jackson was elevated to Presiding Justice of the First Appellate District, Division Five.

Before joining the First Appellate District, Justice Jackson served as a Judge of the San Francisco Superior Court. She is the first African-American female, appointed in 2002 by Governor Gray Davis, to serve on the San Francisco bench. From 2017 to 2019, she was the Presiding Judge of the court. Justice Jackson has served in a variety of judicial assignments: Assistant Presiding Judge; Complex Civil Litigation Department; Supervising Judge of the Criminal Division; Supervising Judge of the Asbestos and California Environmental Quality Act Department; Supervising Judge of the Criminal Grand Jury; civil and criminal trials; felony preliminary hearings; and the trial court’s Appellate Division.

In 2007, Chief Justice Ronald M. George reassigned Justice Jackson to work a special trial team in Riverside, California, to help reduce the criminal case backlog. This special trial team was able to reduce the criminal backlog by approximately 1,000 cases. After her special assignment, Justice Jackson served on various statewide judicial committees: the Judicial Council of California Criminal Jury Instructions Advisory Committee, Advisory Committee on Providing Access and Fairness, and Pretrial Detention Reform Work Group. In 2020, Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye appointed her to serve on the Jury Selection Work Group. Justice Jackson served as an adjunct law professor at both University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and University of San Francisco School of Law.

Before her appointment to the bench, Justice Jackson worked at the firm of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, specializing in complex litigation, employer defense, real estate, trade secrets, and white collar defense. She was a prosecutor for more than 15 years, first with the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office and then with the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, where her last assignment was Managing Attorney of the Homicide Trial Team. She was the first woman to hold that position. She was also the Chair of the California Committee of Bar Examiners.

Justice Jackson received her B.A. in 1977 from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she majored in politics. She earned her J.D. in 1980 from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.


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