Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson
If you are (like me) a fan of Alan Jackson I thought you would like to know about some upcoming appearances.
Saturday, June 5th, 2010 5:00 pm: Champions of Justice
Alan will be the featured guest on Tom Giradi's Champions of Justice radio show, which will air this Saturday, June 5th at 5:00 pm on KRLA 870AM. The topic will be high profile cases and the effect of the media on the law.
Friday, June 11th, 2010 10:00 pm: Dateline NBC's Cold Case Squad
Alan and the Cold Case Squad team will take on a new murder mystery on NBC's Dateline tentatively airing Friday, June 11, 2010 at 10:00 pm.
Sunday, June 20, 2010: West Los Angeles School of Law Commencement Ceremony
Alan is honored to have been selected to give the commencement address to the 2010 graduating class of West Los Angeles School of Law on Sunday, June 20, 2010.
A brief background on Alan Jackson:
Alan joined the District Attorney's Office in 1995, shortly after graduating from Pepperdine Law School. Alan originally hails from Texas, but Los Angeles has been his home for 20 years.
When he was 17 years old, Alan made a commitment to join the military and serve his country. As he puts it, that early decision was "one of the most meaningful of my life." Alan spent four years in the Air Force where his organizational skills, work ethic, and leadership qualities were forged, and it is clear that those are the same qualities that have served him as a prosecutor and a public servant. Following his honorable discharge, Alan went on to get his bachelor's degree at the University of Texas at Austin.
Alan's professional legal career spans more than 15 years, and has seen him prosecute some of the most challenging and high profile cases in the country. He spent five years in Compton trying the most violent hardcore gang members in Los Angeles. He secured close to 30 murder convictions before he was recruited by the Major Crimes Division.
Over the last few years, Alan has stayed busy. He has put a triple murderer on death row, sent to prison the killer of racing legend Mickey Thompson and his wife Trudy, and most notably, Alan convicted famed music producer Phil Spector for the murder of actress, Lana Clarkson.
The Spector conviction marked the first time in more than 40 years that a celebrity had been convicted in a Los Angeles courtroom. In the wake of the conviction, Alan stated that he never believed that celebrities should hold a key to the backdoor of the justice system. "Justice is truly blind. Blind to wealth, status and celebrity. No one is above the law," he said.
Today, Alan is still fighting for justice. He is now the Assistant Head Deputy of the Major Crimes Division, and in addition to his supervisory and teaching responsibilities, he continues to carry a caseload of his own.
Outside the courtroom, Alan stays just as committed to the community. He is on the LA Leadership Council of INMED, Partnerships for Children, a non-profit foundation dedicated to serving the under served children of Compton.
"There is a satisfaction that is simply unmatched when you feel like you're doing something positive for the community," Alan says of his involvement. Asked how long he intends to stay involved with the Compton community, he answers, "As long as I can be of use."