On February 25, President Biden nominated Ketanji Brown Jackson for the post of the US Supreme Court’s 116th Associate Justice. We take a look at the judge’s family.
Since Justice Stephen Breyer announced his retirement, the political world has been buzzing with rumours about who the POTUS would choose as the next nominee.
Announcing the nomination on the White House’s official website, the President’s administration wrote, “Judge Jackson is one of our nation’s brightest legal minds and has an unusual breadth of experience in our legal system, giving her the perspective to be an exceptional Justice.”
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Inside Ketanji Brown Jackson’s family life
Judge Jackson was born in Washington DC and grew up in Miami, Florida.
She reportedly met her husband Dr Patrick Jackson while the two were studying at Harvard.
Patrick now works as a general surgeon at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. As per his online bio, the doctor specializes in a variety of different surgeries, such as abdominal wall reconstructions and hernias.
Back in June 2021, he shared a sweet tribute to his wife on Twitter, writing:
“Happy Loving Day! I am especially thankful to be walking through life with a brilliant and compassionate partner who still takes my breath away, made possible by sacrifices like Richard and Mildred Loving.”
For the unversed, Richard and Mildred Loving were a couple arrested in 1958 because of their interracial marriage. They were the plaintiffs in the landmark case Loving v. Virginia (1967).
This led to a landmark Supreme Court case that brought an end to the remaining segregation laws in the U.S.
The pair tied the knot in 1996 and share two daughters, Talia, 21, and Leila, 17.
A look at the Supreme Court nominee’s beginnings
Both of the Supreme Court nominee’s parents had careers as public school teachers and went on to become leaders in the Miami-Dade Public School System.
Judge Jackson was a high achiever since her childhood. Best known for her speech and debate skills, she was also elected “mayor” of Palmetto Junior High.
When she told her high school counsellor she wanted to attend Harvard, the counsellor warned her to not set her “sights so high”.
After graduating high school, the Kentaji studied government at Harvard University. After graduating in 1992, she spent a year working as a reporter for Time magazine before returning to the institute to get her law degree in 1996.
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Judge Jackson’s work experience
Kentaji Brown Jackson has served as the judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit as well as in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
She was also the Vice-Chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission as well as a Public Defender. However, her beginnings in the field of law were humble, starting work as Supreme Court Clerk.
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