Federal appellate judge, Ketanji Brown Jackson has been nominated by President Joe Biden to serve on the US Supreme Court. Jackson would become the first black woman selected to serve on a court which once discriminated against the black people.
Biden said that it is time for the nation’s top judicial body to reflect “the full talent and greatness of our nation”.
Jackson would be the second Black Justice after Justice Clarence Thomas, a conservative, who is the other. Jackson would be the sixth woman to serve on the court. The current court includes three women, one of them is the first Latina of the court, Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
Justice Stephen Breyer, 83 will be retiring at the end of the term this summer and since a long time President Biden has been rigorously searching for a suitable replacement for Breyer.
“Biden sought a candidate with exceptional credentials, unimpeachable character and unwavering dedication to the rule of law. He also sought a nominee, much like Justice Breyer, who is wise, pragmatic and has deep understanding of the constitution as an enduring charter of liberty. And the President sought an individual who is committed to equal justice under the law and who understands the profound impact that the Supreme court’s decisions have on the lives of the American people.”White House Press
Earlier, Jackson, 51, had also served as one of Breyer’s law clerks. Biden had pledged in a South Carolina debate to nominate a Black woman to serve the high court if presented with a vacancy.
Jackson was raised in Miami and attended Harvard Law School. She represented criminal defendants who were too poor to afford lawyers. Jackson was also a part of a three-judge panel that ruled against former President Donald Trump’s bid to prevent White House Records from being handed over to the panel investigating Capitol attack.
Jackson is currently serving on the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit and served as a United States District Judge for the District of Columbia from 2013 to 2021.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said that nomination of Jackson will uphold the constitution and protect the rights of the Americans.
“With her exceptional qualifications and record of evenhandedness, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson will be a justice who will uphold the Constitution and protect the rights of all Americans, including the voiceless and vulnerable.”Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer
President Biden is yet to make a formal announcement and make a joint appearance with Jackson. Biden delivered a promise to “diversify a Court that has constituted entirely of white men for almost two centuries”.