June 30, 2022

ACS Congratulates Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson on Her Swearing In

Contact: Nancy Rodriguez, 

Washington, DC — The American Constitution Society’s President Russ Feingold released the following statement on the historic swearing in of Ketanji Brown Jackson as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

“ACS is thrilled to congratulate Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson on her historic swearing in as the first Black woman and first former public defender to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. This is a joyous occasion and a long overdue step towards achieving a Supreme Court that reflects the diversity and experiences of the public it serves. Justice Jackson brings a perspective that has never before been included in the Court’s deliberations, and we look forward to heralding her impact and contribution to the Court for years to come.

As we celebrate Justice Jackson’s swearing in, ACS also commemorates Justice Breyer’s tenure on the Court. We are grateful for his enduring conviction that our laws and legal systems should protect the lives of all people, and not just the partisan interests of a few. At a time when the Supreme Court’s supermajority is intent on undermining, and even eliminating fundamental rights and democratic safeguards, ACS is grateful for the justices on our highest court who remain resolute in their belief that the role of our judiciary is to vindicate fundamental rights and protect our constitutional democracy.”


ACS believes that the Constitution is “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” We interpret the Constitution based on its text and against the backdrop of history and lived experience. Through a diverse nationwide network of progressive lawyers, law students, judges, scholars, and many others, we work to uphold the Constitution in the 21st Century by ensuring that law is a force for protecting our democracy and the public interest and for improving people’s lives. For more information, visit us at www.acslaw.org or on Twitter @acslaw.