President Joe Biden has delivered on a campaign promise by nominating a Black woman to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The 51-year-old Black woman picked by President Biden to succeed the retiring Stephen Breyer was reportedly born in Washington, D.C. before her family moved to Florida. She graduated from Miami Palmetto Senior High School, in 1988 — the same high school attended by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Her father reportedly became chief attorney for the Miami-Dade County School Board.
Biden’s nominee earned a A.B. in government from Harvard University. After taking a gap year to work as a reporter for Time magazine, she enrolled in Harvard Law School, Class of 1996, during which she served as a supervising editor for the Harvard Law Review.
After graduation, she clerked for District Court Judge Patti Saris. The following year, she left to clerk for the First Circuit’s Court of Appeals Judge Bruce Selya, who recently opined his former clerk would make a great addition to the Supreme Court.
She took another gap year to work as an associate lawyer for the private litigation firm Morrison & Foerster LLP before becoming a clerk for Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, whom she is expected to replace.
The nominee briefly returned to private practice before returning to work with the Sentencing Committee. She later spent two years as a public defender and three as an appellate litigator, which has been painted as proof of her suitability for appointment to the highest court.
The Washington Post gushed over her two years as a PD and work with appeals courts saying, “She would be the first justice since Thurgood Marshall with significant experience as a criminal defense attorney, something often stressed by her backers.”
Former President Barack Obama nominated her to become a judge in the Washington, D.C. District Court, a position she held from 2013-2021. Biden’s nominee was elevated to Circuit Court Judge, in 2021, to replace Merrick Garland who left to become Attorney General.
Critics of the nominee point to the number of reversals she has had in her brief tenure as a sitting judge.
“For example, in Make the Road New York v. Wolf, a D.C. Circuit panel composed of a majority of Democratic nominees concluded that Jackson had set aside a Trump administration rule where there was no legal basis to do so,” said Judicial Crisis Network President Carrie Severino to Fox News Digital.
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