Judge Stephen Breyer announced he would be retiring Thursday midday. At the same time, Brown is sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts.
WASHINGTON — Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, 51, will officially make history Thursday as the first black woman on the Supreme Court.
She replaces 83-year-old Justice Stephen Breyer as the court finalizes its final verdicts of the term.
With Jackson, four women will serve on the Supreme Court in the next term, a first that has been campaigned for by advocates pushing for more diversity at the top of the nation’s justice system.
During her swearing-in ceremony, Jackson will take a constitutional oath administered by Chief Justice John Roberts and a court oath administered by Breyer.
Breyer, who served on the court for 28 years, announced his resignation in a letter to President Joe Biden on Wednesday.
“It has been my great honor to join as a judge in the effort to uphold our Constitution and the rule of law,” Breyer wrote.
Jackson, nominated by President Joe Biden, was confirmed by the Senate 53-47 in April.
During the four-day Senate confirmation hearing, Jackson spoke about her parents’ fight against segregation, saying her “path is clearer” than hers as a black American after the passage of civil rights legislation.
Jackson attended Harvard University, served as a public defender, worked in a private law firm, and was appointed a member of the US Sentencing Commission.
And she’s not a brand new face on the Supreme Court. Jackson worked for Breyer, whom she will replace after graduating from Harvard in 1996.
Jackson served as a federal judge for eight years and was appointed by President Biden to a seat on the US Circuit Court of Appeals for DC in June 2021
She will be the first Supreme Court justice since Thurgood Marshall to have experience as a public defender, says a quality analyst who is likely to influence her opinion in court.
The Supreme Court’s conservative stance will not change when Jackson enters the Supreme Court. She replaces a liberal judge who, in his last term in office, was often on the losing side when it came to important decisions.
In the largest case of this term, the court ruled 5-4, Roe v. Smash Wade, who guaranteed abortion rights in the United States
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