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 premiered during the Congressional Black Caucus highlighting 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 Association 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 of 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. She joined the adjunct faculty of Capital University Law School where she teaches Interviewing and Counseling. Judge Jamison was appointed to the Board of Counselors for Capital University Law School. She serves on Franklin University's Advisory Board for the Global Center for Healthcare Education (GCHE).
As a distinguished alumni, Judge Jamison has partnered with Franklin University to open the "Judge Terri Jamison Scholarship for Single Parents." Beginning the Fall Semester of 2023, the scholarship will be awarded to two recipients who are single parents that are currently enrolled in the Criminal Justice Program.
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.