Palmetto Making a Mark: Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson Nominated as Supreme Court Justice

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On Friday, Feb. 25, President Joe Biden selected Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as his nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. Jackson has made history as the first Black woman nominated to sit in the highest court in the nation. If confirmed, Jackson will replace retiring Justice Stephen Breyer. 

Jackson, a Miami Palmetto Senior High alumni who graduated from the Class of 1988, has made history for Palmetto and the country. Jackson even mentioned in the school’s yearbook, The Palm Echo,  how she wanted to be a judge, and her dreams have come true. 

Earlier this month, Biden met with Jackson for her Supreme Court interview, and reportedly on Thursday, Feb. 24, Jackson accepted Biden’s nomination for Supreme Court Justice. 

Biden has mentioned that he hopes that the Senate will move forward and confirm Jackson. He also noted that he spoke with ranking members of the Senate Judiciary Committee in advance of the nomination.  

Jackson has looked up to her father for her inspiration, as he transitioned from the job position of a teacher to law student, which she credits as her first exposure to law. 

Jackson graduated from Harvard for both undergraduate and law school, with honors and high honors, and at the age of 51, she would also be the second youngest-serving justice, behind Justice Amy Coney Barrett, if confirmed.

Brown currently holds a position as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and was a former public defender. 

Jackson was previously a criminal justice policymaker, and in 2010, President Barack Obama nominated her to serve as vice-chair of the Sentencing Commission, a role she served until 2014.