April 7, 2022

ACS Celebrates the Historic and Bipartisan Confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court

Contact: Pablo Willis, media@acslaw.org

Washington, DC — The American Constitution Society’s President Russ Feingold and Executive Vice President Zinelle October released the following statements on the historic confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to be the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

“We are overjoyed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s bipartisan confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court. Throughout the confirmation process, Judge Jackson's exceptional qualifications, fair-mindedness, and unimpeachable record shined through. We sincerely appreciate the efforts of Senators Durbin, Schumer, and others who displayed a steadfast commitment to Senate norms and procedure. After 233 years, the first Black woman and former public defender will soon sit on the Supreme Court, bringing a perspective never before included in the high court's deliberations. ACS celebrates this historic confirmation and looks forward to Judge Jackson assuming her seat on our highest court later this year.” - Russ Feingold, ACS President

“Today, I am immensely proud to witness one of the most eminently qualified and talented jurists be confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Throughout the country‘s history, our highest court has been occupied by ubiquitously white and male justices with only five women and three people of color ever having been permitted to deliberate on cases that carry significant implications for our constitutional rights and daily lives. In order for the court to be seen as legitimate, it must reflect both the personal and professional diversity of our country. As an American, as an attorney, and as a black woman, it is gratifying to finally see someone who looks like me sit on the highest court in the nation.”- Zinelle October, ACS Executive Vice President.


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