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Meet Judge Terri Jamison
Judge Terri Jamison is originally from Welch, WV where she received her formative education and graduated from Welch High School. After moving to Columbus, Ohio, Judge Jamison owned and operated a multi-line insurance agency for more than 16 years. As a non-traditional student, she enrolled in Columbus State Community College for degree completion. She transferred all earned credits and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, minor in Human Resources Management, cum laude, from Franklin University.
She sold her agency, enrolled and graduated from Capital University Law School with a Doctor of Jurisprudence in 2004. While in law school, she gained practical skills through internships with the Bureau of State Hearings, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office in the Civil Rights Section, and the Franklin County Public Defender’s Office Common Pleas Division.
Judge Jamison began her legal career with the Franklin County Public Defender’s Office as an assistant public defender in the municipal division. After a short time, she began Jamison Law Offices Co., LPA with offices in Columbus, Mansfield, and Springfield. She focused on the areas of criminal, domestic, juvenile and probate law. She has been either lead counsel or co-counsel in trials in various counties throughout the State of Ohio. Judge Jamison was a hearing officer for the State of Ohio Unemployment Compensation Review Commission where she heard unemployment appeals.
In 2012, Judge Jamison was elected to the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, Division of Domestic Relations and Juvenile Branch. She was successfully re-elected in 2018. In 2020, Judge Jamison was elected to the Tenth District Court of Appeals for the State of Ohio.
Judge Jamison is a sought-after speaker and panelist on family, women and girls, criminal justice, and continuing legal education. She has been recognized by many organizations for her service in the community. In 2018, she was featured in “It Starts Within” documentary which focused on the life of Carlos Christian and his advocacy for incarcerated men. In 2019, she was featured in PUSHOUT: Criminalization of Black Girls in School which highlights disparities in school discipline. In 2021, she was the commencement speaker and was conferred a Doctor of Community Leadership from Franklin University, Hon. Causa. She has published articles as a guest columnist in the Columbus African American news journal. She performs peer review of articles and white papers submitted to the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.
Judge Jamison holds membership in several professional and community organizations: American Judges Association, a member of the Military Committee for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Ohio Association of Juvenile Court Judges (Board Member), Ohio Justice Alliance for Community Corrections (Trustee), Ohio State Bar Association, Columbus Bar Association, John Mercer Langston Bar Association, American Red Cross Blood Ambassador, NAACP, National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice, and the Columbus Section of the National Council of Negro Women. She is a founder and executive board member of the Ohio Black Judges Association. She works within her home church, Divine Kingdom Builders, where she spearheads many outreach projects to help homeless teens and families.
Judge Jamison has been an adjunct professor for Business Law at Daymar College and joined the adjunct faculty of Capital University Law School to teach Interviewing and Counseling. Judge Jamison has been appointed to the Board of Counselors for Capital University Law School, as well as, Franklin University’s Advisory Board for the Global Center for Healthcare Education.
Judge Jamison is married to Ricardo “Ty” Gary, a realtor, veteran of the United States Marine Corps, and retired Franklin County Deputy Sheriff. They are a blended family of 3 sons, 8 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Judge Jamison is thankful for all opportunities that she has been presented. Marian Wright Edelman’s quote, “service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time” is indicative of her life of service.
Voters often ask me to explain my judicial philosophy. When I think of this question, I think of Congresswoman Shirley Chisolm and her quote “Unbossed and Unbought.”
It is my philosophy that a judge should not be swayed by public opinion nor campaign contributions. I begin to interpret a regulation, statute, or constitutional provision by referring to the original intent or original meaning of the rule at the time it was created and look to what legislators intended at the time it was written.
I will apply the law to the individual facts of the case and to our current society to ensure justice and equity for all people. I believe that Chief Justice Roberts said it best, “Judges are like umpires. Umpires don’t make the rules. They apply them.” When there is no rule that fits the facts, I believe a judge has the authority to interpret the law and render a decision that will answer questions that are of public or great general interest.
In this world we have to consider that legislation oftentimes has unintended consequences and impacts the lives of the constituency far differently than intended. Courts may interpret legislation differently and in direct conflict with another district. 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.
I am seeking election to the Ohio Supreme Court for two fundamental reasons: First, to preserve and strengthen the Court’s Constitutionally granted status as an independent and co-equal branch of state government, and, Second, to use my seat on the Supreme Court to ensure that the promise of “Equal Justice Under Law” becomes a reality for all Ohioans.
Service is the rent WE pay for room on this Earth!