Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson was appointed United States District Judge for the District of Columbia in June 1982. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1958 and Harvard Law School in 1964. Between college and law school, he served as an officer in the U.S. Navy. Prior to his appointment to the federal bench, Judge Jackson practiced law for eighteen years, primarily as a civil litigator. At the time of his appointment to the Court, Judge Jackson was serving as President of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia.