Posted March 14, 2016 by Editorial Staff in Photo

[PROFILE] In 25 Words or Less: Scott Jackson (Candidate)

Scott Jackson
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In 25 Words or Less

Posted: March 14, 2016

Name: Scott Jackson
Age: 40s • Status: Married • Kids: Yes
Place of Birth: Chicago, IL • Raised: Chicago, IL
Professional Background: I am the Director of the Litigation Center at Golden Gate University. As Director, I oversee the school’s largest department, and oversee and direct annual programs that have drawn national attention for their innovative approach and unique application. I also teach Evidence, Professional Responsibility, and Civil Deposition Practice..
What achievement or position are you most known for? The first African American assigned to handle writs and appeals in the ALCO District Attorney’s Office; the first African American male partner in my firm.
Contact/Follow: Website EmailLinkedIn
Editor’s Note: Scott is currently a candidate for Judge – Alameda County Superior Court.
Job(s) held that is most unlike what I currently do now: Sold ice cream in Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, IL
Field: Law: Academic
Title: Law Professor; Director of the Litigation Center
Yrs of Experience: 18+
Company: Golden Gate University – San Francisco, CA
What it does and what I do: GGU Law has trained savvy, creative, and socially responsible practitioners and offers our students unmatched access to courts, law firms, and key government agencies.
Current Big Project: Directing the Litigation Center and attending mock trial competitions with students and faculty and preparing to host our ABA sponsored mock trial competition.
Staffing/Resource Needs: None.
Field: I am also a candidate for Alameda County Superior Court Seat 1.
Title: Candidate
Yrs of Experience: N/A
Company: Scott Jackson for Alameda County Superior Court 2016 – Alameda County, CA
Current Big Project: Running for Judge.
Staffing/Resource Needs: As many volunteers to assist in my campaign for judge as possible.
Organizations: Charles Houston Bar Association, Elizabeth House
Significant Challenge: Being a candidate for judge against a professional politician while working has been challenging.
Significant Mistake/Regret: Staying in the D.A.’s Office too long- but I kept getting offered better positions so it was hard to leave.
Significant Accomplishment: The first African American assigned to handle writs and appeals in the ALCO District Attorney’s Office; the first African American male partner in my firm.
Biggest Strength(s): Intelligence, hard working, loyal, collaborative.
Biggest Weakness(es): Perfectionist
Career Advice: Put your head down and work hard when you begin your career- the first impressions your employer has of you will carry you far!
Significant Challenge: Running a campaign while working full time and raising 3 kids! It’s extremely stressful!.
Significant Accomplishment: Playing college baseball and trying out for 3 Major League teams. Also, playing drums in a band without any musical training!
Life Advice: Follow your own path, not someone else’s path.
Trait(s) most admired in others: Loyalty, respect, sense of humor, caring for others.
Some causes/organizations I support: Charles Houston Bar Association, Elizabeth House, Volunteer Legal Services Corporation.
Hours of “personal” downtime/week: 14
Favorite activity(s) in my personal downtime: Catching up on the news and sports. I still play soccer once a week.
Some of my favorite local hangouts: Love the Oakland scene including, but not limited to: Boot and Shoe Service, District, Dona Tomas, Flora, Hopscotch, Pican, Plum Bar, Shakewell, Trappist, Wood Tavern.
Some of my favorite TV shows: Game of Thrones, 30 Rock, Colbert, Daily Show, Last Week Tonight, Full Frontal and many major sporting events (including soccer).
What news outlets or media sources do you most rely on?: Huffington Post, MSNBC, CNN
Favorite Vacation Spot(s): Greece, Kauai, Tahoe.
Place(s) I would like to visit: South Africa, The Seychelles, Brazil.
Favorite Pastime/Hobby(s): Playing sports (soccer, basketball and baseball).
Favorite Book(s): Invisible Man, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Great Gatsby, A People’s History of the United States, The Autobiography of Malcolm X.
Some of my most-admired people (excluding parents): Barack Obama, Thurgood Marshall, Jackie Robinson.
Something about me that may surprise you: That I was an All-Conference Athlete in 3 sports: soccer, basketball and baseball.