The Hon. Marianne Jackson (’73) Receives James A. Seaberry Award for Excellence

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Marianne Jackson (’73), associate judge for the Juvenile Justice Division, Circuit Court of Cook County, has been honored with the 2013 James A. Seaberry Award for Excellence by the University of Illinois College of Law Black Law Students Association (BLSA). She will be recognized for her achievement by Dean Bruce Smith at the 20th Annual BLSA Alumni Banquet, scheduled for March 2 at the Millennium Knickerbocker Chicago Hotel.

The Honorable Marianne Jackson was elected to the bench as an associate judge in November 1997 and has been assigned to the Juvenile Justice Division since 1990. She received her B. A. in sociology from Northwestern University and her J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law.

Judge Jackson started her professional career in 1973 as a Cook County assistant state’s attorney.  She left that position to become an assistant United States attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, where she was assigned to the Criminal Division. Upon leaving in 1979, Judge Jackson entered private practice where she concentrated in criminal defense litigation, handling cases on both the state and federal level.

While in private practice, Judge Jackson taught and lectured all over the country on trial advocacy with an emphasis on cross examination. This included three years as an adjunct professor at DePaul University, teaching trial advocacy, and many years on the faculty of the National Criminal Defense College at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.

During her years in private practice, Judge Jackson was twice honored by the Cook County Bar Association. In 1981, she received the William R. Ming Award in recognition of her participation in the defense and trial of 17 inmates from Pontiac Prison facing the death penalty. In 1990, she received the Richard E. Westbrook Award in recognition of outstanding legal excellence. She was the first woman so honored.