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Teri Jackson, of counsel at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe and a former prosecutor, has been named to the San Francisco bench, the first African-American woman to win a seat on the city’s Superior Court. Jackson’s appointment by Gov. Gray Davis was one of two firsts on the California bench Tuesday: Davis also appointed Assistant U.S. Attorney Jacque-line Nguyen to the Los Angeles County Superior Court. She is the first woman of Vietnamese descent to serve as judge in the state, the governor’s office said. The former head of the homicide unit for the San Francisco district attorney’s office, Jackson, 45, took the his-toric nature of her appointment in stride. “Oh! I didn’t know that,” she said, adding that simply being named a judge is “a dream fulfilled.” Sitting superior court judges expressed delight about her appointment. “I think it’s been a long time coming,” said Judge John Dearman. “I hope this is not the end of such appoint-ments, and I think the governor should be commended. There are a number of quali-fied African-American females.” “I remember her from [her days at] the Hall of Justice,” said Presiding Judge Ronald Quidachay. “She was well respected by the defense for the work she did.” Quidachay added, “She ex-panded her own experience by going into the civil world and will really be an asset to the court. I look forward to her being able to come on board as soon as possible.” After working for three years in the San Mateo DA’s office, Jackson prosecuted cases for 14 years in the San Francisco DA’s office, making a name for herself while leading the homicide unit. In 1988, she obtained California’s first convic-tion by a jury for felony elder abuse, and during her tenure with the DA’s office she also led the misdemeanor and domestic vio-lence units. In 1997 Jackson left the DA’s office for Orrick where she practiced complex civil litigation, including employ-ment, trade secrets and white-collar de-fense. But she maintained a professional re-lationship with the DA’s office, serving as co-counsel with DA Terence Hallinan in a high-profile 1999 case of a murdered pros-titute. Jackson is recognized state-wide as an expert in the prosecution of do-mestic violence cases. She also served for-merly as chair of the Committee of Bar Ex-aminers of the State Bar of California and president of the Northern California Black Women Lawyer’s Association. She received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1980. “I just want to make sure I can do a good job representing the people of California, and more importantly, the Bay Area,” Jackson said. Also Tuesday, Davis an-nounced the appointment of Assistant U.S. Attorney Jacqueline Nguyen as a judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court. Nguyen, 37, is deputy chief of the general crimes section of the U.S. at-torney’s office. She also served as a mem-ber of the organized crime strike force and the public corruption and government fraud section of the office. Nguyen prosecuted the first successful case in the U.S. for providing material support and resources to a desig-nated foreign terrorist organization in viola-tion of Title 18. Prior to joining the U.S. at-torney’s office, she worked as a litigation associate for three years at the Los Angeles law firm of Musick, Peeler & Garrett. Nguyen is a member and former president of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association. She obtained her law degree from UCLA School of Law.

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