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President Biden Nominates Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the United States Supreme Court

This is a guest post by Jason Zarin, a legal reference specialist at the Law Library of Congress.

On Friday, February 25, 2022, President Biden nominated federal judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the United States Supreme Court to replace retiring Justice Stephen G. Breyer.

A black and white image of the US Supreme Court chamber, with a curtain in the foreground, then pews and empty chairs where the justices sit

Supreme Court Interior, Washington, D.C. Photograph by Carol Highsmith. Law Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/highsm.17450.

Judge Jackson is currently a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, having been confirmed by the Senate on June 14, 2021. Before her appointment to the U.S. Court of Appeals, she was a judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Her previous positions include serving as the vice chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission (2010-2013), an assistant federal public defender (D.C.) (2005-2007), and an assistant special counsel of the U.S. Sentencing Commission (2003-2005). Prior to these positions, she worked for several members of the federal judiciary. She was a law clerk for the Hon. Stephen G. Breyer, Supreme Court of the U.S. (1999-2000), the Hon. Bruce M. Selya, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (1997-1998), and the Hon. Patti B. Saris, U.S. Federal District Court for the District of Massachusetts (1996-1997). In addition to her public service experience, Judge Jackson worked in private practice with Miller Cassidy Larroca & Lewin (1998-1999), Goodwin Procter (2000-2002), The Feinberg Group (2002-2003), and Morrison & Foerster (2007-2010). Judge Brown Jackson is a graduate of Harvard University (BA, JD).

For more information about Judge Jackson, including books and articles by and about her, court opinions she authored, and other online materials concerning her, please see the Law Library’s United States Supreme Court Nominations research guide. This research guide also has more detailed information and additional resources about the nomination and confirmation process.

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