Judge Sherry Abbott Todd

Judge Sherry Abbott Todd

Judge Sherry Abbott Todd was born in Ada, Oklahoma, to Joe Kent and Jean Abbott. She lived on her family’s Indian Allotment land in the Pecan Grove area south of Ada. Zona Abbott, her paternal great-grandmother was a Chickasaw original enrollee.

She attended Latta Schools, 1-12 grades, where she was active in basketball, 4-H, FHA, drama and interscholastic competitions. She graduated as Salutatorian of her class and went on to East Central University. At East Central, Judge Todd majored in Speech and Drama, and Education.  She was a member of Alpha Honor Society, Pi Kappa Delta, Alpha Psi Omega, and Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities. She was selected as Outstanding Member of Alpha Gamma Delta and East Central Student of the Month.  After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Education, she taught high school English at Byng Schools. She implemented the gifted/talented program and was selected as an Outstanding Secondary Educator of America.

Judge Todd attended the University of Oklahoma H.H. Herbert School of Journalism. At the graduate school, she was awarded the Laura Hamilton Billingsley Scholarship. She then graduated from OU School of Law. At the school of law, she was a member of the ABA Appellate Advocacy Team and the ATLA Trial Team, Inns of Court and Order of the Barristers. She received the Joe G. Wolfe Appellate Advocacy Award, and the Outstanding Trial Advocacy Award. She and her competition partner were the winners of the OU Law Day Oral Argument Competition, which was argued before the Oklahoma Supreme Court. They also won the Law Day Best Brief award. During law school, Judge Todd interned with the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) in Washington, D.C. At NARF, she researched issues in Indian Law and monitored U.S. Senate Committee hearings.

Upon graduation from OU Law School, she served as an Assistant District Attorney in Oklahoma County. She was lead prosecutor in numerous felony trials to include charges of burglary, rape, child abuse, and murder. She left the District Attorney’s Office to accept a position as Assistant Attorney General for the State of Oklahoma. While there, she prosecuted Worker’s Compensation Fraud and later represented the State of Oklahoma and its employees in the Civil Litigation Unit. She was twice awarded the Attorney General’s “Shark” Award, for outstanding achievement in her cases. In her years as Assistant District Attorney and Assistant Attorney General, she tried approximately 100 jury trials in both state and federal court.

She is licensed to practice in the State of Oklahoma, Western District of Oklahoma, Eastern District of Oklahoma, Northern District of Oklahoma, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Supreme Court and the Chickasaw Nation.

Within the Chickasaw Nation judicial system, she served as a magistrate after the Nation took over its court system in 2004. After she retired from the Attorney General’s Office, she was appointed to fill the vacant Special Judge position for the Chickasaw District Court. She took the Oath of Office in 2011.

Judge Todd has been recognized as a Chickasaw Dynamic Woman. In addition, Judge Todd continues a family tradition of serving the Nation. Her father, Joe Kent Abbott and her uncle, Barney Abbott, were legislators for the Chickasaw Nation.

Judge Todd has a daughter, Shanda Todd Nelson. Shanda, a graduate of University of Central Oklahoma, lives with her husband, Jack and their two children, Parker and Payton, in Yukon, Oklahoma.