Don was a partner in a Dallas law firm when he realized his passion was teaching undergraduates.
After obtaining his Ph.D., he taught at Idaho State University. He was chosen as a Supreme Court Fellow for 1974-75 and served at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington under the Chief Justice of the United States Warren Burger.
After serving at the Supreme Court, he came to TCU and retired effective May 31, 2010. He currently holds an appointment as a Cecil H. and Ida Green Emeritus Tutor and continues to teach his courses on American Constitutional Law.
He has chiefly been interested in civil rights policy, as well as comparative and transnational human rights enforcement.
His book The United Kingdom Confronts the European Convention on Human Rights focused on the European Court of Human Rights that has become extremely important in current European law and politics. He also jointly edited the book Globalizing Justice: Critical Perspectives on Transnational Law and the Cross-Border Migration of Legal Norms with Michael Tolley and Mary Volcansek.
Don was an observer at the 1998 “United Nations Diplomatic Conference on the Creation of an International Criminal Court” in Rome and attended the ensuing Hague Appeal for Peace at which time the campaign for ratification of the International Criminal Court was launched.
He was an invited participant at conferences on “Impunity versus Accountability” under international law held at Utrecht, on “Universal Jurisdiction” for the prosecution of war crimes and crimes against humanity at Brussels, and on the “Legalization of Human Rights” at University College, London.
He has presented his research at world conferences of the International Political Science Association in Italy, Japan, and Geneva. He was also an invited participant in the World Legal Forum on “Effective International Dispute Settlement for Public and Private Actors” at The Hague.
His books include Even the Children of Strangers: Equality Under the U.S. Constitution, Presidential Leadership and Civil Rights Policy (co-edited with Jim Riddlesperger), and Comparative Judicial Review and Public Policy (co-edited with C. Neal Tate). He served as Associate Editor of the Thomson/Gale Encyclopedia, Governments of the World and was responsible for international human rights and humanitarian law entries, as well as Caribbean and Latin American countries.
Don has served as TCU’s University Pre-Law Advisor and founded TCU’s undergraduate Intercollegiate Moot Court Team.
He also brought The Washington Center Program to TCU, helped create TCU’s Model UN Program, initiated the TCU London Center that included working internships in addition to classroom study, and created Civic Literacy Internships and the Distinction Program in the Political Science Department.
Donald W. Jackson and E. Gordon Gee, Bread and Butter? Elective in American Legal Education, Council on Legal Education for Professional Responsibility, 1975
Donald W. Jackson and E. Gordon Gee, Following the Leader, The Unexamined Consensus in Law School Curricula, Council on Legal Education for Professional Responsibility, 1975.
Donald Jackson and Ralph Maughan, An Introduction to Political Analysis: The Theory and Practice of Allocation. Goodyear, 1978
Donald W. Jackson, Even the Children of Strangers: Equality under the U.S. Constitution. University Press of Kansas, 1992.
Donald W. Jackson and C. Neal Tate (eds.), Comparative Judicial Review and Public Policy. Greenwood Press, 1992.
James W. Riddlesperger, Jr. and Donald W. Jackson (eds.), Presidential Leadership and Civil Rights Policy. Greenwood Press, 1995.
Donald W. Jackson, The United Kingdom Confront s the European Convention on Human Rights. University Press of Florida, 1997.
Donald W. Jackson (assoc. ed.) with C. Neal Tate, et al (eds.), Governments of the World; A Global Guide to Citizens’ Rights and Responsibilities, 2006
Donald W. Jackson, Michael C. Tolley and Mary L. Volcansek (eds.), Globalizing Justice: Critical Perspectives on Transnational Law and the Cross-Border Migration of Legal Norms. State University of New York Press, 2010.
Phi Beta Kappa, SMU, 1959
Supreme Court Fellow, Supreme Court of the United States, 1974-75
Honors Faculty Recognition Award, TCU, 1978
Outstanding Faculty Members in North Texas, North Texas Association of Phi Beta Kappa, 1984
Outstanding Professor, TCU Panhellenic Association, 1991
Tarrant County League of Women Voters, Bill of Rights Award, 1995
Outstanding Faculty Member, TCU House of Student Representatives, 2001
Chancellors Award for Distinguished Teaching, TCU, 2002
Piper Professor for Texas, 2003
Member of the Bar, State Bar of Texas
Member of the Bar, Supreme Court of the United States
Supreme Court Fellow in the Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Chief Justice of the United States, Chief Justice Warren Burger
Former Member of Board of Trustees and National Advisory Committee, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Washington, D.C.
Former Member of the National Board, American Civil Liberties Union, New York City
Former Member of the State Board, ACLU of Texas, Austin, Texas
Former President and Member of the Board, Greater Fort Worth Civil Liberties Union
Former Member of the Executive Committee, North Texas Civil Rights Project
Former Member of the Quaker United Nations Committee, New York City
Former Secretary of the Research Committee on Comparative Judicial Studies, International Political Science Association
Former Secretary, Law and Courts Section, American Political Science Association