President Nominates Black Woman to Court of Appeals
President Joe Biden is looking to fulfill his campaign promise of appointing a black female to the US Supreme Court by stacking the stepping stone courts with this demographic. On Tuesday, Biden announced that he was nominating Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Details of Nomination
Jackson is currently serving as a district court judge in the city. She was one in a group of 11 court nominees revealed by the Biden administration on Tuesday.
The distinguished judge was tapped to step into the role that was once held by Merrick Garland. Garland is now serving as the new US Attorney General.
Stepping Stone to Highest Court in the Land
The nomination is particularly significant because this particular Court of Appeals has a reputation of being a ladder to the US Supreme Court. Current Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Chief Justice John Roberts served on this court prior to their appointments. In addition, former Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia also used the court as a springboard to the Supreme Court.
More About Jackson
A graduate of Harvard Law School, Jackson also once worked for the US Sentencing Commission. While at this post, she served as the organization’s vice-chair following a nomination by former President Barack Obama. She was also in the conversation when Obama was looking to fill the role on the Supreme Court left behind after Scalia’s death.
Progressives celebrated the announcement of Jackson’s nomination, referring to her as an “unflinching champion for justice.”