The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) celebrates the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court. Judge Jackson, described by retiring Justice Breyer as “great, brilliant, decent, with a mix of common sense and thoughtfulness” is one of America’s brightest legal minds. Judge Jackson is a respected jurist with broad legal experience, including as a public defender, a private-practice lawyer, a member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, a federal appellate judge, and a federal district court judge. She currently sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
Says Ruth M. Glenn, President/CEO of NCADV:
For almost 250 years, Black women have gone unrepresented on this nation’s highest court.
Their unique perspectives, based on their lived experiences, have been ignored. Diversity is
not just an ideal with no real-world impact; it is critical to the equal carriage of justice.
When Judge Jackson becomes Justice Jackson, my granddaughters and great-granddaughters
will be able to look at the highest court in the land and know that they have a voice. Finally, there
will be someone on the Supreme Court who looks like them and who understands them, their
experiences and the challenges they face.
Judge Jackson’s nomination is a vindication for all of the brilliant black women who have been told
that they are unworthy of success. Despite her stellar academic record, Judge Jackson’s high
school guidance counselor told her not to set her goals too high when she said she wanted to attend Harvard University. Judge Jackson not only went to Harvard, she has established herself as one of America’s most brilliant legal minds, with an unwavering commitment to justice for all and to the Constitution.
Judge Jackson is known for her integrity, her brilliance, and her sense of fair-play, and is a respected and accomplished jurist. She is an ideal pick to join the Supreme Court. NCADV urges the Senate to swiftly confirm Judge Jackson and for all senators to vote in her favor. We also urge the Senate to hold a vote on S.3623, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2022, as Judge Jackson’s nomination process plays out.