Brown Jackson's Supreme Court Appointment Creates New Path Forward

Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson with her hand raised to swear in, Supreme Court building, United States flag

NASW congratulated Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on her historic appointment and confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court. As the first Black woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, Brown Jackson’s appointment by President Joe Biden marks a significant and long overdue milestone for the country.

Brown Jackson will take her seat on the court in October at the end of the current term when Justice Stephen Breyer retires.

NASW CEO Angelo McClain said, “Her appointment shows that new achievements, no matter how difficult, are still possible. She has created a new path forward and will be held in a place of esteem by countless future generations.”

NASW President Mildred “Mit” Joyner said, “Today NASW congratulates Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, who shattered another glass ceiling and is now the first Black woman who will ascend to the highest court in this nation as the 116th Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.”

Brown Jackson is a Washington, D.C., resident who graduated from Harvard University and Harvard Law School, was editor of the Harvard Law Review, and was selected for three clerkships that included one with Associate Justice Breyer.

Brown Jackson also sat on the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, and then was elevated to U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

“She has impeccable credentials and is extremely competent and well-qualified,” Joyner said. “Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is worthy of this presidential appointment due to her hard work, determination, and commitment to bend the arc of justice toward equity for all.”

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