Ketanji Brown Jackson

Ketanji Onyika Brown Jackson (/kəˈtɑːni/ kə-TAHN-jee, born September 14, 1970)[1] is an American jurist who serves as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Jackson was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Joe Biden on February 25, 2022. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 7, 2022, and sworn into office on June 30.[2][3] She was previously a United States circuit judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from 2021 to 2022.[4]

Ketanji Brown Jackson
Official portrait, 2022
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
Assumed office
June 30, 2022
Nominated byJoe Biden
Preceded byStephen Breyer
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
In office
June 17, 2021  June 30, 2022
Nominated byJoe Biden
Preceded byMerrick Garland
Succeeded byVacant
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia
In office
March 26, 2013  June 17, 2021
Nominated byBarack Obama
Preceded byHenry H. Kennedy Jr.
Succeeded byFlorence Y. Pan
Vice Chair of the United States Sentencing Commission
In office
February 12, 2010  December 2014
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byRubén Castillo
Succeeded byCharles Breyer
Personal details
Born
Ketanji Onyika Brown

(1970-09-14) September 14, 1970 (age 51)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Spouse(s)
Patrick Jackson
(m. 1996)
Children2
EducationHarvard University (AB, JD)
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Born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Miami, Florida, Jackson attended Harvard University for college and law school, where she served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review. She began her legal career with three clerkships, including one with U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer. Prior to her elevation to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, she served as a district judge for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia from 2013 to 2021. Jackson was also vice chair of the United States Sentencing Commission from 2010 to 2014.[5] Since 2016, she has been a member of the Harvard Board of Overseers.

Jackson succeeded Justice Breyer upon his retirement from the court on June 30, 2022.[6] She became the first Black woman and the first former federal public defender to serve on the Supreme Court upon her swearing in.[7][8]


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