Ms. JD is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to the success of aspiring and early career women lawyers. Jackson was chosen among eight other women as a recipient of this award.

“It means a lot to me to win this award,” said Jackson. “I am a first-generation law student and identify as a Black woman. There are many challenges and stigmas that come just from being a woman in the legal community, and adding in identifying as a Black woman within the legal community comes with its own challenges. Getting this recognition is a testament that I can do it.”

Jackson has been involved with Ms. JD since participating in the Ms. JD Leadership Academy Intensive during her second year of law school. This program focused on building leadership skills, providing opportunities to hear from inspirational women in law, and building connections with other legal professionals.

“Being involved with Ms. JD was a life-changing experience,” said Jackson. “I got to not only learn from successful women in the legal field, but also connect with women on their struggles, accomplishments and real-life experiences they endured while being a woman in the legal profession.”

Now that she has graduated, Jackson plans to work in private practice doing criminal defense with hopes of one day owning her own law firm.

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