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Nakeisha Jackson

Adjunct Professor of Law
Assistant Federal Defender, Federal Defender Services of Eastern Tennessee
Assistant Public Defender, Knox County Public Defender

Nakeisha Jackson is an assistant federal defender with the Federal Defender Services of Eastern Tennessee, based in Knoxville. She also serves as the program coordinator for Full Circle Reentry, a reentry program established by the Eastern District of Tennessee to reduce recidivism by helping formerly incarcerated individuals successfully reintegrate into society. Before joining the Federal Defender Services in November 2018, Professor Jackson worked as an assistant public defender in the Knox County Public Defender’s office, which she joined in 2015 as a Gideon’s Promise Fellow. She has represented indigent clients facing federal and state criminal charges for more than five years. During law school, she was an intern at the Metro Nashville Public Defender’s office and a judicial extern for Judge Virginia A. Phillips on the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Jackson volunteered with the Riverbend Insider Support and Education program, teaching basic legal writing skills to inmates at Tennessee’s Riverbend maximum security prison in Nashville, during law school.