St. Mary's College of Maryland

Board of Trustees

The Honorable Thomas Penfield Jackson


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Thomas Penfield Jackson was a U.S district court judge for the District of Columbia, appointed in 1982 by President Reagan.  He is currently an attorney with the Jackson and Campbell, P.C. law firm.  He is noted for presiding over the Microsoft antitrust case.  Judge Jackson also heard the drug trial of former District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry, the public disclosure case over former Senator Packwood’s diaries, and the case involving the constitutionality of the presidential line-item veto.  Prior to accepting his judgeship, he was a partner at the law firm of Jackson and Campbell in Washington where he specialized in defending physicians and hospitals in malpractice suits.

Judge Jackson attended St. Albans School and Bethesda Chevy Chase High School.  He received his A.B. in government from Dartmouth College in 1958 and an LL.B. from Harvard in 1964.  From 1958 to 1961, he served in the U.S. Navy aboard a destroyer as a line officer.

He is or has been a member of the American Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar Association (president, 1982-1983), vestryman at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Chevy Chase, Md. (1969-1975), trustee at Gallaudet University, fellow of the American College Trial Lawyers, the Rotary Club, and president of the local Dartmouth College alumni group.  He is also a member of the Chevy Chase and Metropolitan Clubs.  In 2001, he was appointed to the St. Mary’s College of Maryland Board of Trustees.

He and his wife, Patricia, have homes in Washington, D.C., and Compton, Maryland.  He has two adult daughters – Leila J. Kochis and Sarah J. Jackson-Han.

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St. Mary's College of Maryland
18952 E. Fisher Rd
St. Mary's City, MD 20686-3001
240-895-2000