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Darla Jackson

Darla Jackson

Director of Law Library & Senior Instructor


Darla Jackson is the Director of the University of South Dakota McKusick Law Library. Prior to joining USD, she served as the Associate Director of the Oklahoma City University Law Library and Director, Certificate in American Law Program. Before beginning her career in legal education, she served as a Judge Advocate in the United States Air Force. During her service in the Air Force, she was stationed at numerous bases and performed a variety of military justice, international operations, and civil law (government procurement) functions. Additionally, she taught at the U.S. Air Force Academy Department of Law.

Research Interests:

US Military Justice, The Influence of Technology on the Legal Profession, Empirical Legal Research, Legal Research Instruction - US & Foreign Comparative and International Law, International Commercial Arbitration, International Human Rights, Indigenous Peoples and Native American Law. She has published on these topics in a variety of journals and publications.


  • BA, American Studies/Secondary Education, Oklahoma Baptist University,
  • JD, Law, University of Oklahoma,
  • LLM, International Law, University of Georgia,
  • M.L.I.S., Library and Information Studies, University of Oklahoma,
  • Master of Military Operational Art and Science, Air University,

Licensures and Certifications:

  • License to Practice Law, Oklahoma Bar Association


Citations listed below are presented in a standardized, modified format for display purposes only. They do not necessarily reflect the preferred style and conventions of the faculty member or discipline.

  • Jackson, Darala. Can Lawyers Be Luddites? Adjusting to the Modification of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct Regarding Technology, 84 Oklahoma Bar Journal 2637-2642..
  • Jackson, Darala. Lawyers Can't Be Luddites Anymore: Do Law Librarians Have a Role in Helping Lawyers Adjust to the New Ethics Rules Involving Technology, 105 Law Library Journal 395-404..
  • Jackson, Darala. Oklahoma Legal Research. Carolina Academic Press, 2013.
  • Jackson, Darala. Thinking About Technology -- Steve Jobs Was Right About HTML5, but Was He Right About Digital Publishing? 104 Law Library Journal 461-470..
  • Jackson, Darala. At Ease: A Primer for Legal Research Related to Military Law Issues 82 Oklahoma Bar Journal 2759-2763..
  • Jackson, Darala. Thinking About Technology -- Watson, Answer Me This: Will You Make Librarians Obsolete or Can I Use Free and Open Source Software and Cloud Computing to Ensure a Bright Future? 103 Law Library Journal 497-504..
  • Jackson, Darala. Thinking About Technology - Standard Bar Codes Beware- Smart Phone Users May Prefer QR Codes, 103 Law Library Journal 153-158..
  • Jackson, Darala. Thinking About Technology - 2010: The Year of the IPAD? 102 Law Library Journal 513-520..
  • Jackson, Darala. Book Review - The Human Right to a Green Future: Environmental Rights and Intergenerational Justice, 101 Law Library Journal 386-387..
  • Jackson, Darala. Book Review - Political Rights under Stress in 21st Century Europe 36 International Journal of Legal Information 101..
  • Jackson, Darala. Empirical Legal Research, a Growing Area of Service for US Law Librarians 16 Australian Law Librarian 54-58..
  • Jackson, Darala. Teaching Effective Legal Research in The Law School Librarian's Role as an Educator: Leading Librarians on Adapting to New Technologies, Maximizing Research Skills, and Helping Students Transition from Law School to Law Firm. Aspatore Books, 2008.
  • Jackson, Darala. Book Review - Due Process in International Commercial Arbitration 25 Legal Information Alert 10-11..


  • Jackson, Darala. Law Librarians Connecting with Attorneys to Assist in Compliance with the Amended Rules of Professional Conduct Involving Technology. Presented at the Mid-America Association of Law Libraries, Omaha, NE. (October 18, 2013)
  • Jackson, Darala. Law Librarians Expanding Traditional Roles and Assuming New Roles to Assist Attorneys In Complying with the Amended Rules of Professional Conduct Involving Technology. Presented at the 2013 American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA. (July 16, 2013)
  • Jackson, Darala. We All Need Some Foreign, Comparative and International Law (or do we?): A Review of State Initiatives to Prohibit the Application of Foreign and International Law. Presented at the 2012 Mid-American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO. (October 27, 2012)
  • Jackson, Darala, Schleelein, Anna, Liebert, June H.. Patriot Practice: Programs to Assist Servicemembers and Veterans. Presented at the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) 2012 Annual Meeting, Boston. (July 22, 2012)
  • Jackson, Darala, Diamond, Randy. If You Offer It & Market It, They Will Come: Legal Practice Technology Instruction In a Variety of Formats. Presented at the Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) Conference 2012, San Diego, CA. (June 22, 2012)
  • Jackson, Darala. Teaching Advocacy in International Commercial Arbitration Research is Essential. Presented at the American Association of Law Libraries 2011 Annual Meeting, Philadephia, PA. (July 25, 2011)
  • Jackson, Darala. Empirical Legal Research in the U.S. and China. Presented at the Chinese and American Forum on Legal Information and Law Libraries (CAFLL) Conference 2011, Philadelphia, PA. (July 23, 2011)
  • Jackson, Darala, Strong, Staci, Wilburn, William. Advocacy in International Commercial Arbitration: What You Don't Know Will Hurt You (And Your Client). Presented at the American Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Spring 2010 Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA. (April 9, 2010)