Wednesday, May 3, 2006


Jamie Ross is one of the few characters to have grown within the framework of the 'Law & Order' franchise. She's also one of the few 'L&O' characters whose personal life played a factor in the series.

Jamie started out on 'L&O' as an ADA, crossed over to 'Homicide: Life On The Street' to work cases with the Baltimore detectives, and then left the DA's office to work as a defense attorney, ultimately becoming a judge.

It seems to me that had Jamie remained working in the DA's office through the years and through the changes at the top, she would have eventually shared the same fate as Serena Southerlyn - dismissed by DA Arthur Branch for having the heart of a defense lawyer. (Which is probably code for "liberal".)

Although she did utilize questionable tactics when she faced off against her former mentor Jack McCoy in a school shooting case, Jamie was able to parlay her skills to get elevated to a judgeship at some point between that 11th season guest spot on 'Law & Order' and her two episodes on 'Law & Order: Trial By Jury'.

Thanks to a fanfic site dedicated to 'Law & Order' (and to Sam Waterston, especially, it appears), here are the backstory details for Jamie Ross:

Jamie Ross - Assistant District Attorney, New York County
Marital Status: divorced from high-powered defense attorney Neal Gorton; one daughter, Katie (Causa Mortis, LA Trilogy, Justice); became engaged in Season 8 to a man named David, whom, we assume, she eventually marries.

Other Facts: has three brothers (ID); former defense attorney (Causa Mortis); leaves the DA's office to marry David and fight for custody of her daughter; shows Jack new "family" pictures in School Daze.

You can find more background info on other 'L&O' characters

Here are the shows which have guaranteed Jamie Ross a place in the TV Crossover Hall of Fame:

'Law & Order'
'Homicide: Life On The Street'
'Law & Order: Trial By Jury'


"Lawyers and tarts are the two oldest professions in the world.
And we always aim to please
Horace Rumpole

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