Growing up African-American in a predominantly white section of Marsh Point, Mississippi, Faith Jackson learned how civil rights were tied to the legal profession.
“I recognized at a young age that people pressing for civil rights were (usually) attorneys,” she told Minnesota Lawyer. That early realization inspired Jackson, as a fourth-grade student, to become a lawyer someday.
In 2015, Jackson achieved that goal, earning her juris doctor degree from Hamline University School of Law. Two years later, Jackson became assistant director of admissions at Mitchell Hamline School of Law.
Through the years, Jackson has promoted diversity in a number of ways, such as helping the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers to secure internships and mentors for law students of color, supporting the Open Doors to the Federal Courts program and helping Mitchell Hamline implement an LSAT preparation program for prospective law students.
“Our goal is to hopefully increase the diversity of our incoming class and the legal profession at large even if candidates do not matriculate at [Mitchell Hamline],” Jackson said.
This year, Jackson also created a recognition and scholarship program called “Minnesota Black Girl Magic Showcase,” forming a team to honor the talents and achievements of young African-American women who have made a difference in areas such as academics, athletics, entrepreneurship and community service.
Looking ahead, Jackson said she hopes someday to practice at a law firm but intends to continue working to make the Minnesota legal community welcoming to all people of color.