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Alameda County Superior CourtCandidate for Judge, Seat 1

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Scott Jackson

Law Professor
283,396 votes (52.17%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • To be a Superior Court Judge who remains active in our community and ensures everyone in Alameda County has equal access to justice.
  • I'm a proud resident of Alameda County and deeply committed to making our communities' court system fair and just.
  • I am focused on providing fair, balanced, and thorough jurisprudence. I believe we can improve our justice system with experience and diligent, respectful attention.



George Washington University JD, Law (1997)

Community Activities

served on the board, Volunteer Legal Services Corporation (not availa–current)


Scott Jackson has always worked on behalf of social justice. As a child growing up in Chicago he handed out flyers for Harold Washington, Chicago’s first African-American mayor. He moved to Oakland after graduating from George Washington University Law School, and has built a life here with his wife and three kids.

Scott Jackson was a Deputy District Attorney for Alameda County from 1997 to 2011. In that job, his assignments included being lead counsel for jury trials ranging from sexual assault cases to homicides. He also handled criminal appellate work.

In 2011 Scott Jackson become a partner at Fitzgerald Abbott & Beardsley (now Donahue Fitzgerald) where he represented clients in general civil and employment litigation matters as well as conducting and supervising trials.

Currently, Scott is the Director of the Litigation Center at Golden Gate University Law School (the school's largest department) where he oversees other faculty, graduate fellows, competition trial teams and student organizations. He also directs two annual programs that have drawn national attention for their innovative approach and unique application: the Summer Trial & Evidence Program ("1st Step") and the In Vino Veritas criminal mock trial competition now sponsored by the ABA Section of Litigation.

Additionally, Scott has served on the boards of the Volunteer Legal Services Corporation, which provides free direct legal assistance to Alameda County's low-income population by mobilizing volunteer attorneys to provide pro-bono service, the Charles Houston Bar Association, and the Montclair Soccer Club. Currently he sits on the Board of Elizabeth House- a nonprofit transitional program located in Oakland for women with children who have experienced homelessness, violence addiction, or poverty. For more click here.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • California Democratic Party
  • Alameda County Democratic Party
  • Alameda Labor Council

Organizations (10)

  • Berkeley Democratic Club
  • Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club
  • Oakland East Bay Democratic Club
  • John George Democratic Club
  • East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club
  • Castro Valley Democratic Club
  • Oakland Magazine
  • Black Women Organized for Political Action
  • Peace Officers Research Association of California
  • Charles Houston Bar Association

Elected Officials (14)

  • State Senator Loni Hancock
  • Congressman Eric Swalwell
  • State Senator Bob Wieckowski
  • Alameda County Sheriff Gregory J. Ahern
  • Alameda County Public Defender Brendon Woods
  • Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley
  • The Entire Alameda County Board of Supervisors
  • Emeryville Mayor Dianne Martinez
  • Livermore Mayor John Marchand
  • Union City Mayor Carol Dutra-Vernaci
  • San Leandro Mayor Pauline Cutter
  • Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison
  • Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates
  • Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Scott supports the fair, balanced, and equal application of the law for all citizens and strives for dynamic community relationships and nuanced understanding in the ongoing relationship between our County and its justice system.

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