LDF Celebrates Historic Swearing-in of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson to U.S. Supreme Court

Read a PDF of our statement here.

Today, following the official retirement of former United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson was sworn in as the new Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, making she the first black woman to sit on the highest court in the land.

In response to this historic occasion, Legal Defense Fund (LDF) President and Director-Counsel Janai S. Nelson issued the following statement:

“DFL congratulates Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson and her family on this historic achievement. During an unprecedented and particularly difficult time regarding the credibility of the Supreme Court and the future of American democracy, we are grateful to know that the newest addition to the Court is a jurist with credentials, intelligence and character. copies. She also brings a deep understanding of the lived experience of marginalized Americans, including those charged with criminal offenses — a perspective sorely lacking on the Court.

“Appropriately, Judge Jackson joins the Court just two days before the 114e anniversary of the birth of Thurgood Marshall, who was the founder of LDF and the first black person to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States, and that the Court is about to address questions essential to the protection of rights voting and equal opportunity. Today’s historic swearing-in should be a source of pride and hope for all who remain committed to preserving and strengthening our multiracial democracy and building integrity in this vital branch of federal government.


Founded in 1940, the Legal Defense Fund (LDF) is the nation’s premier civil rights organization. LDF’s Thurgood Marshall Institute is a multidisciplinary, collaborative center within LDF that launches targeted campaigns and undertakes innovative research to shape the civil rights narrative. In media attributions, please refer to us as the Legal Defense Fund or LDF. Please note that LDF has been completely separate from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) since 1957, although LDF was originally founded by the NAACP and shares its commitment to gender equality. rights.


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