On February 25, 2022, President Joseph Biden nominated Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to replace retiring Associate Justice Stephen Breyer of the United States Supreme Court. Judge Jackson possesses distinguished legal credentials and experience. Her legal career spans across the legal profession, including service on the federal judiciary at the district court and appellate court level, on the United States Sentencing Commission, as a federal public defender and in private practice.
The National Women’s Law Center (“the Law Center”) has reviewed Judge Jackson’s judicial and legal record throughout her career with a focus on cases addressing issues of critical importance to women and girls. In addition, the Center has reviewed key activities, public statements, and experiences of Judge Jackson outside of her service on the federal bench and her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee during her confirmation hearings which began on March 21, 2022 and concluded on March 24, 2022. This report presents this analysis and is intended to educate the public about Judge Jackson’s record on gender justice and the importance of fair and impartial courts.
Based on this review, the Law Center concludes that Judge Jackson is eminently qualified to serve on the Supreme Court and will bring much-needed professional and personal diversity and a fair and thorough approach to the Court. Additionally, Judge Jackson’s record and testimony demonstrate that her approach to the law are consistent with the Law Center’s core mission. As such, the National Women’s Law Center strongly supports Judge Jackson’s nomination and swift confirmation.