Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson Confirmed as the First Black Woman to the U.S. Supreme Court
The Senate on April 7, 2022, voted 53-47 in confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court. Judge Jackson is a native of Washington D.C. and at 51 will be the second-youngest justice just ahead of Justice Amy Coney Barrett.
Jackson graduated from Harvard Law School, cum laude, in 1996 where she was the supervising editor of the Harvard Law Review. Judge Jackson then went on to clerk for Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer, whom she is replacing on the United States Supreme Court.
Judge Jackson’s experience includes serving in the District of Columbia’s Office of the Federal Public Defender, service on the U.S. Sentencing Commission, eight and a half years on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, and her confirmation to the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in 2021.
Following her confirmation, Judge Jackson spoke about the responsibility she now has as the first black woman on the Supreme Court stating, “I am feeling up to the task, primarily because I know that I am not alone. I am standing on the shoulders of my role models, generations of Americans who never had anything close to this kind of opportunity, but who got up every day and went to work believing in the promise of America.”
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