Judge Brian Jackson will be SULC commencement speaker | Business
Judge Brian A. Jackson of the United States District Court, Middle District of Louisiana, will deliver the Commencement address for Southern University Law Center at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 14, in the F.G. Clark Activity Center on the Southern University Baton Rouge campus.
More than 140 graduates are expected to receive their Juris Doctor Degree this spring.
Judge Jackson, a 1985 graduate of SULC and the first SULC alumnus to be appointed on the federal bench, was nominated by President Barack Obama on October 29, 2009, to a seat vacated by Frank J. Polozola, confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 15, 2010, and received commission on June 15, 2010.
A former shareholder in Liskow and Lewis in New Orleans, Jackson joined the firm following a 16-year career in the U.S. Department of Justice. He has served as United States Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana, First Assistant United States Attorney for that district, and Associate Deputy Attorney General in Washington, D.C.
Judge Jackson earned a bachelor’s degree from Xavier University of Louisiana. While a law student at SULC, he was editor of the Southern University Law Review. He also earned an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center. He is the first graduate of the SULC to serve on the Committee on Bar Admissions for the Louisiana Supreme Court, where he wrote the bar examination on criminal law and evidence.
A 2010 inductee in the SULC Hall of Fame, Judge Jackson is a member of the Baton Rouge Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, and Louisiana State Bar Association. Jackson is also a Fellow of the Louisiana Bar Foundation, a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.