Welcoming the newest Supreme Court Justice


LA Times


On February 25th, 2022, President Joe Biden nominated Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve as a Justice of the United States Supreme Court, and on April 7th, 2022, a group of senators confirmed her nomination. President Biden knew that the next justice had to be someone of unimpeachable character and unflinching dedication to the law. Judge Jackson understands that the Supreme Court has such an extreme impact on the lives of American citizens, which is another reason President Biden has nominated her for this seat. Her years of experience in the legal system and her perspective will allow her to be an extraordinary judge.
Judge Jackson’s fascination for law can be traced all the way back to her preschool years. While her father was in law school and would be reading cases and practicing for questions, Jackson would be right next to him, coloring in coloring books. From a young age, it could be seen that Jackson had a fierce passion for law and would not let anything anyone said get in her way or discourage her. Growing up as an African American woman, Jackson had faced doubters and naysayers, including her high school counselor. When Jackson told her counselor that she had hopes of attending Harvard, the counselor replied that she, “should not set her sights so high.” Despite what her counselor said, Jackson went on to attend and graduate from Harvard University and Harvard Law school.
Judge Jackson will have to continue to hold her head up high, even though there will still be people who doubt her and tell her she can’t make a difference. Not only will Jackson be the first African American female to serve on the Supreme Court, but she will also be the first Public Defender to serve as a justice. Judge Jackson has already made history, and when she replaces Justice Stephen G. Breyer, “one of the 108 white men who preceded her, the court will look a lot more like the nation it serves. There will, for the first time, be four women on the court. Also for the first time, there will be two Black justices. And a Latina.” The new Supreme Court will better understand the diverse needs of citizens in the United States. For the first time, people who have not had representation before, now will. Their voices will be heard; their questions will be answered; their opinions will be valid, and their concerns will be dealt with efficiently and effectively.
In the article, “‘We Belong in These Spaces’: Jackson’s Successors Reflect on Her Nomination,” women who belong to the Harvard Black Law Students Association, expressed their thoughts on what Judge Jackson’s nomination means to them. Judge Jackson is an alumna of both Harvard Law School and the association, and her successors witnessing her become a trailblazer is just as emotional as it is terrifying. According to the New York Times, “Abigail Hall, 23, had always wanted to be the first Black woman on the Supreme Court, but she conceded that, ‘If I have to be second, I’m fine being second to K.B.J.’ ‘She’s had to meet every single mark and she hasn’t been able to drop the ball,’ Ms. Hall said. ‘And that’s something that’s ingrained in us, in terms of checking every box, in order to be a Black woman and to get to a place like Harvard Law School.’” Hall, just like every other African American female in her position, knows how perfect they have to be. They have to be 10 times better than their male or white predecessors just to even be seen as an option or as acceptable. African American women are under intense scrutiny and one mistake can cost them their entire career or legacy, even if something worse was done by a male, and they walked away with a slap on the wrist. Judge Jackson’s legacy is just beginning, and it is obvious her successors and people all over the country and even the world are on the edge of their seats waiting to see what she will accomplish.
Citizens of the United States should have the utmost faith in Judge Jackson’s capabilities and find comfort in her extensive knowledge and experience in law. She will do her best to make the country safer and fairer, and although she is only one person, she is the one person citizens have been so desperately waiting and longing for.
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