Biden’s historic nomination of Judge Jackson moves us closer to ‘equal justice under law’

Wade Henderson, interim president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement on President Biden’s nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to be an associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court:

“President Biden’s historic nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is cause for celebration. The president has fulfilled his promise to nominate someone who has a strong commitment to our Constitution and has dedicated her career to equal justice. She will be the first Black woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. For nearly a decade, she has served as a fair-minded jurist on both the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and D.C. District Court where she has upheld the rights of all people, not just the wealthy and powerful. She has a stellar reputation as a judge, and her experience as a federal public defender and on the U.S. Sentencing Commission will bring much-needed perspectives to the Court.

“The nomination of Judge Brown Jackson moves us closer to a day when our court better reflects our nation. Of the 115 justices on our nation’s highest court, only three have been people of color and only five have been women. It is well past time for a Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court.

“We thank President Biden for this historic nomination. Now, the Senate must move swiftly to confirm Judge Brown Jackson and help build a Supreme Court that is committed to equal justice.”

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