Supreme Court Nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

On February 25, 2022, President Biden nominated Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court, where she would fill the seat of the retiring Associate Justice Stephen Breyer—the Justice for whom she once clerked.  Judge Brown Jackson currently sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

If confirmed, Judge Brown Jackson will be the first African-American woman to serve on the Court, as well as one of the youngest justices.  Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Brown Jackson practiced in both the public and private legal sectors, including as a public defender.  She would be the first justice since Thurgood Marshall to have experience representing criminal defendants.

If you want to learn more about Judge Brown Jackson and about the SCOTUS nomination process in general, check out this helpful Supreme Court Nominations Research Guide. It lays out both the background of the nominee as well as the confirmation process.  You can also study the nomination and confirmation process of previous justices, including Amy Coney Barrett, the most recent appointment.