NEW SUPREME COURT JUSTICE SWORN IN
Today marks a landmark day in our nation’s history as Ketanji Brown Jackson was sworn in as a Supreme Court Justice. Ketanji Brown Jackson has made history today as she is the first-ever black woman sworn in as a Supreme Court Justice. Additionally, Justice Jackson is the first former Federal Public Defender to serve on the Supreme Court.
Justice Jackson graduated from Harvard University and earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School. She began her legal career with three clerkships, including one with retired U.S. Supreme Court 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.
Today, Justice Jackson replaces Justice Stephen Breyer on the Supreme Court. Justice Stephen Breyer’s resignation from the Supreme Court became effective at noon on June 30, 2022 after his nearly 28 years of service to the Court. During her brief swearing in ceremony, Justice Jackson solemnly swore to defend the Constitution “against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” and “bear true faith and allegiance to the same.” Former Justice Breyer delivered the second statutory oath, in which Justice Jackson swore to “administer justice without respect to persons and do equal right to the poor and to the rich.”