Judge J. Russell Jackson was born in Atlanta, Georgia and has lived in Georgia for his entire life. Judge Jackson graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. Judge Jackson also attended Law School at the University of Georgia and graduated with a Juris Doctor Degree in 1984.
After graduating from law school, Judge Jackson began his legal career as a law clerk for Superior Court Judges Frank C. Mills, III and Richard S. Gault in what was then the old Blue-Ridge Judicial Circuit, consisting of Forsyth and Cherokee counties. Following a one year term as law clerk, Judge Jackson engaged in the private practice of law in Cumming, Georgia until he was named, on July 12, 1999, as the first Judge in the history of Forsyth County to serve fulltime exclusively as a Judge of the Juvenile Court.
Judge Jackson is a member of a multitude of organizations including:
Judge Jackson is a founding member of many youth programs operating in the county today. His roles are listed below:
Judge Jackson and his wife have two sons, Justin and Cameron, and have been members of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit for over twenty years.