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ON THE BALLOT: Terri Jamison for Supreme Court by Morgan Young

It's time to learn about the candidates on the November 08 ballot. This is a BIG election that will affect our daily lives. Meet Judge Terri Jamison, candidate for Ohio Supreme Court Justice

Judge Terri Jamison is one of the three "Sisters in Law” running for the Ohio Supreme Court in the November 08 General Election. The other two members of her trio are Judge Marilyn Zayas and Justice Jennifer Brunner, who is seeking election for Chief Justice.

Judge Jamison says her philosophy is reflected in famous Congresswoman Shirley Chisolm’s quote - “Unbossed and unbought” - elaborating, I will “use my seat on the Supreme Court to ensure that the promise of ‘Equal Justice Under Law’ becomes a reality for all Ohioans” and “I’m running for Ohio Supreme Court to help restore public trust in our legal system.”

Judge Jamison grew up in a small town in West Virginia and was a union coal miner and one of few women working underground. She ran her own small business for 16 years then worked full-time through law school. Judge Jamison has worked in the Franklin County Public Defender’s Office representing low-income clients and served as a Hearing Officer for the Ohio Unemployment Compensation Review Commission. She opened her own law office, practicing Criminal, Juvenile, Domestic Relations, and Probate law at the trial and appellate level. She was admitted to practice as a lawyer at the Supreme Court of the United States in 2007.

Judge Jamison has served on the bench for over a decade. In 2012, Judge Jamison was elected judge of the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, Division of Domestic Relations and Juvenile Branch. In 2020, she was elected to the 10th District Court of Appeals.

Judge Jamison has devoted considerable attention to issues related to equal access to justice, diversity, inclusion, and the need to develop healthy alternatives to detention for juveniles. She has been featured in documentaries including “It Starts Within” and “PUSHOUT: Criminalization of Black Girls in School.”

Judge Jamison is a founder and executive board member of the Ohio Black Judges Association. She is a sought-after speaker and panelist on family, women and girls, criminal justice, and continuing legal education. She performs peer review of articles and white papers submitted to the National Association of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. She is an adjunct faculty professor of Capital University Law School and former adjunct professor of Business Law at Daymar College. She interned with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office in the Civil Rights Section.

In her personal life, Judge Jamison spearheads outreach projects to help homeless teens and families.

She holds a JD from Capital University Law School and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Franklin University.


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About the position:

There are seven Justices on the Ohio Supreme Court. This is our state’s court of last resort. Deciding conflicts between the appellate district courts, answering constitutional questions, and deciding issues of public importance is the job of the Supreme Court of Ohio.

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