Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson / Photo Credit: Kevin Lamarque-Pool/Getty Images
As advocates call for President Joe Biden to nominate a Black woman to one of the appellate courts, which is predominantly white, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is poised to fill a vacancy on the highly regarded U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Jackson is one of three Black women among Biden’s first slate of judicial nominations.
Though the 50-year-old feels race should not be a qualifying factor in her merits, Jackson did not negate the fact that her experience as a Black person has cultivated the manner in which she approaches her work. She added that she hoped her experiences would be a valuable asset to the court.
Jackson has been serving as a district judge in Washington, D.C. since 2013. She was also on former President Barack Obama’s shortlist as a Supreme Court justice candidate after the death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia.