For the past 18 years, attorney Lori (Loman) Jackson has handled divorces, custody disputes, real estate transactions and other civil cases.
Now, Jackson is hoping to apply her experience on the bench.
Jackson, 53, is one of three candidates running for associate district judge this year. She is competing against Preston Draper and Heather H. Wright for the right to replace Associate District Judge Martha Kilgore, who is retiring in June.
The primary election is June 24. If necessary, the November general election will determine who replaces Kilgore. The winner will take office in January 2015.
Jackson is a graduate of East Central University, where she earned a degree in psychology with a minor in legal studies. She went on to earn her law degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law.
Jackson worked for Pre-Paid Legal Services for 10 years before graduating from law school. After passing the bar exam, she opened her own law practice in 1995.
Jackson has served as president of the Pontotoc County Bar Association and as a board member for the local Court Appointed Special Advocates organization. She currently serves on the advisory board for ECU’s legal studies department.
The Ada News interviewed Jackson last week about her decision to run, her skills and other issues. Here are questions and answers from the interview, edited for clarity and length.
The Ada News: Why did you decide to run?
Lori Jackson: I’ve been in practice for 18 years as a sole practitioner, and for many years I have thought about what a privilege it would be to serve as a judge.
And Pontotoc County is basically my home county, so this is where I wanted to serve.
I actually had not considered filing for this election period until Judge Kilgore announced her retirement.
TAN: So you decided to run when Judge Kilgore announced her retirement?