Terri Jamison - Columbus State Community College 50th Anniversary

It's a long way from her hometown of Welch, W.Va., to the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations - Juvenile Branch, but Terri B. Jamison made the journey via Columbus State.

Terri owned and operated an insurance agency for more than 15 years, but decided to take classes at Columbus State in 1999. Her Columbus State business classes were immediately helpful in running the business, and the experience primed her for new challenges.

She transferred to Franklin University and graduated cum laude in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. She earned her law degree in 2004 from Capital University, graduating with a concentration in labor and employment law.

She founded her own practice, Jamison Law Offices, focusing on criminal, juvenile and domestic relations law, and was elected to the bench in November 2012. Her Columbus State education helped at every step.

"My experience at Columbus State was tremendous," Terri said. "I took speech classes, which helped prepare me for public speaking. While campaigning, I was able to speak well to various audiences without fear. Also, I took accounting at Columbus State and that helped me manage my finances during the campaign."

She is a member of the American Bar Association, Columbus Bar Association, Central Ohio Association of Juvenile Lawyers, and the National Council of Negro Women. She is also a member of the American Judges Association & representative for the 4th District, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges & John Mercer Langston Bar Association

Images: A Year in the Life of Columbus State