President Joe Biden nominated Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court
On February 25, 2022, President Joe Biden nominated Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the United States Supreme Court. If confirmed, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson will not only become the 116th Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, but will be the first Black woman on the Supreme Court. According to The White House, Judge Jackson is, “one of our nation’s brightest legal minds and has an unusual breadth of experience in our legal system, giving her the perspective to be an exceptional Justice.”
Born in Washington D.C., Judge Jackson is an American attorney who continues to reside in the area along with her husband and two daughters. Facing many hardships throughout her youth, she proved her high school counselor wrong by her many successes, starting with her time at Harvard. After attending Miami Palmetto High School in Miami, Florida, she graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University. Judge Jackson continued her education by attending Harvard Law School where she once again graduated cum laude.
Judge Jackson has previously served as a federal judge and is currently serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit since 2021. She was also nominated by former President Barack Obama to serve as the Vice Chair of the U.S., as well as serving as Justice Breyer’s law clerk. Due to her experience and having several law enforcement officials in her family, The White House states, “Judge Jackson has a unique appreciation of how critical it is for the justice system to be fair and impartial.”
Immediately following her nomination, Judge Jackson stated, “I am truly humbled by the extraordinary honor of this nomination.” Judge Jackson’s nomination marks a huge milestone for the United States Supreme Court.
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