Following the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, President Joe Biden has been rigorously focusing on finding a replacement. He sought for someone who had unimpeachable morals with an unwavering character, someone that is committed to equal justice under the law, and someone who understands what the Supreme Court is all about: that person is Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. Judge Jackson was born in Washington, D.C in 1970. She moved to Florida and graduated Miami Palmetto High School in 1988. She received a Bachelor’s degree in government, magna cum laude, and a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard University in 1992 and 1996, respectively. She also was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.
She became a federal public defender in 2005. Later, she was nominated by President Obama to join the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. The Senate confirmed her in March 2013. Now, she is President Biden’s Supreme Court nominee, and if she is confirmed, Judge Jackson will also be the first black woman to sit on the nation’s highest court. Recently during Judge Jackson’s hearing, she was completely disrespected and discriminated against by Republican senators. Senator Cory Booker called the questioning “disappointing” and “it was more about decency than racism.” He believes that the reason Judge Jackson was questioned so irresponsibly and aggressively was due to her being a woman.
On the third day of the hearing, Senator Booker defended Jackson from his GOP colleagues, saying that she was “worthy” and had “earned her spot” which brought Judge Jackson to tears. As of right now, the Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on Judge Jackson’s nomination on April 4. She already has bipartisan support, with many GOP Senators preparing to vote for her, like Senators Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Lindsey Graham. If she does end up getting voted in, it will be a historic moment for the United States: she would be the first black woman in the Supreme Court.