- Research and Electronic Resources Librarian
B.A., American Studies and Secondary Education, Oklahoma Baptist University
J.D., University of Oklahoma College of Law
LL.M., International Law, University of Georgia
M.M.O.A.S., Military Operations, Air University
M.L.I.S., University of Oklahoma
LL.M., Indigenous Peoples Law, University of Oklahoma College of Law
Darla Jackson joined the Law Library in 2018 as its Research and Electronic Resources Librarian. In addition to teaching the legal research component of the first year Legal Research, Writing and Advocacy Program, she also serves as an instructor for OU Law’s Online Master of Legal Studies in International Business Program.
Prior to joining the College of Law, she worked as part of the Management Assistance Program staff at the Oklahoma Bar Association. In that role, she assisted attorneys in improving the management of their practices and firms, often through the use of technology. Her interest in technology began while serving as a judge advocate in the U.S. Air Force and she continues to explore ways that technology can be used to positively affect the delivery of legal services. She was recognized as a member of the Fastcase 50 Class of 2019 and is currently serving as a member of the ABA TECHSHOW 2021 Planning Board.
As a member of the OBA, she serves on the Access to Justice Committee and was a key contributor to the launch of Oklahoma Free Legal Answers. She is also a member of the OBA’s Indian Law, Law Office Management & Technology, and Military & Veterans Law Sections.
Prior to working at the OBA, she served as the director of the University of South Dakota Law Library and associate director of the Oklahoma City University Law Library. While at OCU, she also served as the director of the American Law Certificate Program, which involved administration of an exchange of U.S. and Chinese law students and attorneys. She was also an adjunct faculty member of Meinders School of Business and instructed an introductory legal research course for students in the MBA in Energy program.
Her instructional experience also includes serving as both an assistant and associate professor at the United States Air Force Academy Department of Law and as an affiliated instructor at the OU School of Library and Information Studies.
Her research interests include international human rights, indigenous peoples and tribal law, military justice and operational law, international commercial arbitration, empirical legal studies, and the impact of technology on legal research and legal services delivery. She has published tutorials, guides, book chapters, and articles on these topics in a variety of forums, including AALL Spectrum and the Oklahoma Bar Journal. She contributed a regular column on technology concerns in Law Library Journal. She has also co-authored a book on Oklahoma Legal Research with Professor Darin Fox and Professor Courtney Selby.
Past President, Mid-America Association of Law Libraries
Vice-Chair, Computing Services Special Interest Section of the American Association of Law Libraries
She is also a member of the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar and the Law Practice Division, having served on an ABA site visit team and as a speaker at ABA TECHSHOW.
Oklahoma Bar Association
United States Court of Military Appeals (United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces)