President Biden has nominated D.C. Circuit Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to replace retiring Justice Stephen Breyer on the Supreme Court. If Jackson is confirmed, she will be the first Black female justice among the 115 justices who have served on the Court in its 232-year history.
Jackson, 51, was born in Washington D.C., grew up in Miami, and earned both her undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard University. Her mother was a school principal and her father was a school system attorney.
In addition to serving as a law clerk to Justice Breyer from 1999-2000, Jackson worked as an attorney in private practice; a federal public defender; a member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission; a federal district court judge for the U.S. District Court (D.C.); and most recently, as a federal appellate judge appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.