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Desha L. Jackson Named At-Large Trustee to New Jersey State Bar Association

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Lakewood resident and Office of State Police Affairs attorney Desha Lang Jackson was installed as a Trustee to the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) at the organization’s Annual Meeting at Bally’s, Atlantic City on May 19. The 43-member Board of Trustees manage the affairs and property of the NJSBA.

An NJSBA member for eight years, Jackson was named Young Lawyer of the Year by the association’s Young Lawyers Division in 2002. She served as chair of the Task Force on Diversity from 2001 to 2003, and under Jackson’s steerage, the NJSBA Board of Trustees elevated the task force to standing committee status. In June 2003, the task force was renamed the Standing Committee on Diversity, and Jackson currently shares co-chair responsibilities of the committee with two other NJSBA members.

Jackson is active in many NJSBA entities including service on the Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee from 2002 to 2005 and as General Council Executive Committee Parliamentarian from 2000 to 2002. Jackson also served the Young Lawyers Division as a member of the executive board, as secretary in 1999-2000, and as chair of the Diversity in the Profession Committee of the YLD from 1997 to 2005. She is a member of the Government and Public Sector Lawyers Committee and also served on the Centennial Committee in 1998.

Jackson is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation Board of Trustees and also serves on the foundation’s Tolerance Subcommittee.

Jackson is completing a two-year term as President of the Association of Black Women Lawyers (ABWL), a non-profit association dedicated to charitable, educational and professional pursuits and addressing issues affecting the African American legal community and community at large. She served as the organization’s vice-president from 2001 to 2003, and was a co-chair of the 25th Anniversary Summit. She has been a member of ABWL since 1996.

Jackson serves on the Subcommittee for Minority Participation of the Supreme Court Committee on Minority Concerns. She is a member of the American Bar Association and the Ocean County College Educational Opportunity Fund Advisory Board.

In 1997, Jackson became the first African American female Assistant Prosecutor to be hired by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office in its 150-year history. Following the Prosecutor’s Office assignment, she became Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Newark, where she prevailed in several significant cases on behalf of the City of Newark. Presently, Jackson is Deputy Director for the Office of State Police Affairs within the Department of Law and Public Safety, Office of the Attorney General. The Office of State Police Affairs was created by a 1999 consent decree between the State of New Jersey and United States Department of Justice to address the issue of racial profiling.

A recipient of numerous awards, Jackson was among those recognized by the Girl Scout Council of Greater Essex and Hudson Counties on April 20 with a 2005 Woman of Distinction Award for community service through work by the Association of Black Women Lawyers.

In addition, she was honored as a Woman of Excellence by the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders in 1998, received Special Recognition from the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders for continued support and dedication to the goals of the NAACP in January 2003, and received the Lakewood NAACP Special Achievement Award recognizing community service and dedication to the NAACP in June 2004. Jackson has received recognition in the Congressional Record, from Drew University, from the Township of Lakewood and in October 2004, she received the Mentoring Youth for the Future Award from New Life Magazine, Spiritual Living for Better Health for mentoring youth and providing opportunities for success.

A graduate of Drew University with a degree in political science, Jackson received her law degree with honors from Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The New Jersey State Bar Association, incorporated in 1899, is dedicated to the continuing education of lawyers and the public, to reforming and improving the legal system and to aiding in the administration of justice.