March 18, 2022

ACS Leaders Look Ahead to Historic SCOTUS Confirmation Hearing


Contact: Pablo Willis,     

 Washington, DC — The American Constitution Society’s President Russ Feingold and Executive Vice President Zinelle October released the following statements ahead of next week's historic confirmation hearing of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court.  

 “We look forward to Judge Jackson’s confirmation hearing before a committee that has come together on many bipartisan confirmation votes on judicial nominees over the past year, including Judge Jackson’s confirmation to the DC Circuit less than a year ago. We commend the Senate for its adherence to norms and procedures in diligently undertaking the confirmation process for Judge Jackson. The last three Supreme Court confirmation processes made a mockery of Senate norms and did a disservice to the Court’s own credibility.” - Russ Feingold, ACS President  

 “Judge Jackson is exceptionally well qualified and will strengthen the Court’s deliberations by bringing a perspective never before included. Her confirmation will serve as a testament to the importance of a diverse Supreme Court, one that actually reflects the public it serves. As the Supreme Court takes up more and more cases that have a disproportionate impact on people of color, from voting rights to labor rights, it is imperative that the Court’s deliberations include the perspective of Black women. Moreover, Judge Jackson’s career, from her time as a federal public defender to her service on the U.S. Sentencing Commission, brings valuable professional diversity to the Court.”- Zinelle October, ACS Executive Vice President.  



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