Southeast Missouri State University

Southeast Grad "Lays Down the Law"

College of Liberal Arts

“Knowing I provide an important community service is the most rewarding part of my profession.”  These humble words from Jacqueline Ackert illustrate her commitment and dedication to public service.

Jacqueline graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science degree in political science and a minor in economics.  She is an associate judge in the Fifteenth Circuit of Illinois’ Judicial Court System.

“I have always believed in setting attainable goals and working hard to attain those goals.  Always treat others with respect and you will earn the respect you deserve,” shares Jacqueline.

She says attaining the position of associate circuit judge has been her greatest professional accomplishment.

“My experience at Southeast helped me develop my leadership and communication skills, which are vital skills in my profession,” she says.

Jacqueline says she doesn’t have one single favorite memory of Southeast, but many favorite memories.

“I have great memories of playing on the University softball team for four years.  All of the hard work, intense games and camaraderie with my fellow teammates will always be fond memories.  I had the pleasure of being on a team with not only great athletes but great human beings,” she explains.

Jacqueline offered the following advice to future Southeast students.

“One of my favorite books is All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.  The book is a great reminder to all of us of the simple lessons in life that will make our lives and the lives of those we touch so much better.”

In the little spare time she gets, Jacqueline says she enjoys golfing, reading and watching movies.  She also coaches many of her children’s various athletic teams.  Aside from her children, she says one of her greatest personal accomplishments includes winning the 2006 ladies Rock River Golf Championship and making a hole-in-one on the day of the judicial interviews.