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National Bar Association Applauds Biden Administration's Nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to Supreme Court of the United States

February 25, 2022, Washington, D.C.- The signing of the Civil Rights Act. The March on Washington. The Million Man March. Barack Obama winning the 2008 Presidential Election. There are some events in Black History that stand out from the rest. Today is one of those days. Americans, Black Americans in particular, will never forget where they were and what they were doing when they found out a Black woman had been nominated to the Supreme Court of the United States. 

The Biden Administration’s admirable decision to commit to appointing the first Black woman to the Supreme Court is a necessary step to ensuring that our Nation’s Highest Court begins to mirror the colorful tapestry that makes up this country. Judicial diversity is of critical importance as judges are charged with making decisions that not only affect the litigants before them, but can have lasting impacts on our nation’s history for decades and even generations forward. Placing a Black woman on the Supreme Court ensures that there is a diverse perspective on the bench that has been absent from SCOTUS deliberations thus far. 

“I am elated with President Biden’s selection of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. The NBA Women Lawyers Division celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Over the Division’s 50 year history, we have encountered firsthand the countless Black women lawyers across the nation who consistently excel, operate with the utmost integrity and ethical standards, and exceed expectations. We’ve known all along that there was a Black woman qualified to sit on our nation’s highest court, and as Chair of the NBA Women Lawyers Division, I am delighted that the world has chosen to now recognize that excellence as well,” Sharon Bridges, Chair of the NBA Women Lawyers Division.

The Biden Administration could not have made a better choice. Throughout her career, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson has shown the temperament, high ethical standards, and commitment to service that makes the most effective jurist. Fittingly, Jackson is a former judicial law clerk to Justice Breyer whom she is nominated to replace. Jackson's vast experience includes serving as a federal appellate judge, a federal district court judge, a member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, an attorney in private practice, and as a federal public defender. Additionally, Jackson has been confirmed by the Senate on a bipartisan basis three times – most recently last year for her current seat. Jackson is exceptionally qualified and an undeniably suitable pick for the vacant SCOTUS seat. 

“For the 233 year history of the Supreme Court of the United States, there has been a notable absence in judicial diversity. With this historic appointment, I am encouraged that the deliberations that lead to some of the most critical opinions affecting the American people will now also have a more diverse perspective weighing in. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is exceptionally qualified to serve on our nation’s highest court, and represents all the tenets of excellence, ethics, and intellect that are  needed on the SCOTUS bench,” NBA President Carlos Moore. 

As the oldest and largest organization of Black lawyers, judges, and law students worldwide, the National Bar Association (NBA) serves as the voice of the Black bar. Due to its unwavering commitment to equal justice and social change, the NBA has been referred to as “America’s Legal Conscience.” Today, our organization collectively applauds the Biden Administration’s nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, and sends our sincerest congratulations to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on this monumental moment in her legal career. 

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