WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 04: U.S. Supreme Court Nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson meets with Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) on Capitol Hill, April 04, 2022 in Washington, DC. The Senate Judiciary Committee is meeting today to hold a vote on the nomination of Jackson. If approved by the Committee the full Senate is expected to vote later this week. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)
Ketanji Brown Jackson Officially Makes History
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After the infamous U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade, which protected the federal right to abortion, the Court has reappeared in the news with respect to a different, more progressive historical moment. Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson has become the first Black woman to serve on the United States Supreme Court.
The 232 year-long wait for a Black woman to join the Court came to an end on June 30, 2022, when Jackson was officially sworn in. Law professor Steve Vladeck told the Washington Post that Jackson "brings more experience as a judge than four of the current justices did combined at the time they joined the court," and Jackson also emphasized her skills in her own words.
"I decide cases from a neutral posture," Jackson said in her opening statement. "I evaluate the facts, and I interpret and apply the law to the facts of the case before me, without fear or favor, consistent with my judicial oath." Replacing Justice Stephen Breyer, Justice Jackson is slated to fill her new position once the Supreme Court reconvenes after summer recess.