“Achieving Justice” with Angelina Jackson, candidate for Judge, Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas, General Division
Angelina Jackson has been a practicing attorney for 17 years, with private practice experience representing individuals and corporations in a variety of civil matters. She has served as Director of the Race & Justice Project at the Ohio Justice and Policy Center, litigating civil rights cases and advocating for criminal justice reform. As an Adjunct Professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, Jackson taught professionalism and practical skills to law students and has spent the past seven years as an assistant public defender for Montgomery County, now leading the appellate division of the office.
Jackson, born in Dayton, Ohio, and a product of Dayton Public Schools, wants to serve the people in her community as a judge of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas, General Division, and she is running for the post in the Nov. 8 election.
In this latest “Achieving Justice” video Justice Jennifer Brunner talks with Angelina Jackson about her early interest in the law, how her 10 years in the private practice of law prepared her for her role, and about how she strives to be a role model to her two young daughters and girls and women everywhere to understand the importance of public service and lifelong learning.
Jackson said her interest in justice and the law started in the 6th grade when she spent a day with Judge James Cannon, a former Dayton Municipal Court Judge. “Judge Cannon, who was still a practicing attorney at the time, gave me my first legal textbook” Jackson said. “ I read my first case at 12 years old and have been fascinated with the law ever since.”
Jackson earned her undergraduate degree at Florida A&M University, which she noted is an HBCU (historically black colleges and universities). She received her law degree at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where she was a member of Law Review, Student Court, and the Black Law Students Association.
“After starting my legal career in Cincinnati, I was able to bring my training and experience back to Montgomery County and raise my two daughters in the place I call home,” Jackson said.
Justice Brunner started "Achieving Justice" in 2020 during her campaign for the Ohio Supreme Court. The program educates individuals about Ohio's judicial system and the judges and candidates for judge who serve and wish to serve their state and community.
All the 2022 Achieving Justice interviews can be found here: https://www.justicebrunner.com/news.
“Serving the people and the cause of justice is one of the most important callings in our democratic system,” Justice Brunner said. “I believe that the more information the public has about the courts, their judges, and judicial candidates, the stronger our system is.”
Justice Brunner is a candidate for Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court in 2022.