SCOTUS Confirmation Process
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court
ACS is overjoyed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s historic and bipartisan confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court. Judge Jackson is one of the most eminently qualified and talented jurists to be confirmed to our highest court, and she will make an excellent justice who is committed to fairness, impartiality, and equal justice for all.
The Supreme Court should reflect the diversity of the public it serves. And yet, to the collective detriment of the Court and our country, it never has. 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 having been permitted to deliberate on cases that carry significant implications for our constitutional rights and daily lives. As the first Black woman and former public defender to serve on the Supreme Court, Judge Jackson’s confirmation is a critical and long overdue step towards diversifying the Court. She will bring a perspective never before included in the Court’s deliberations and will help the Court better understand the law’s effects on people’s rights and lives.
Judge Jackson will fill the seat of Justice Stephen Breyer, who will retire at the end of the Supreme Court’s current term. Justice Breyer’s 27-year tenure on the Supreme Court and his 14 years of service on the First Circuit Court of Appeals were marked by the characteristics that define a thoughtful jurist of great intellect and integrity. ACS was grateful for his appearance at our 2017 national convention and hopes he will continue to share his wisdom with us in what we know will be a productive retirement.
- ACS Celebrates the Historic and Bipartisan Confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court – April 7, 2022
- ACS Calls Out Distorted and Racist Attacks by Some Senators against Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson – March 23, 2022
- ACS Leaders Look Ahead to Historic SCOTUS Confirmation Hearing – March 18, 2022
- ACS Applauds President Biden’s Historic Nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson – February 25, 2022
- ACS Applauds President Biden’s Commitment to Nominating the first Black woman to SCOTUS – February 3, 2022
- Black History Month is a Time to Celebrate, Continue Fight for Multiracial Democracy – February 3, 2022
- American Constitution Society statement on Justice Breyer’s Retirement – January 28, 2022
- A Moment for Action – and a Black Woman Justice on the Supreme Court – January 28, 2022
Programs & Podcasts
Broken Law Podcast Episode 45: Celebrating Judge Jackson’s Confirmation
We are celebrating the historic and bipartisan confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as the 116th Supreme Court Justice. Zinelle October, ACS executive vice president, speaks with Danielle Holley-Walker, Dean and Professor of Law of Howard Law School, and Russ Feingold, ACS president, about the significance of Judge Jackson’s confirmation, while underscoring the Supreme Court’s continued legitimacy crisis and need for reform. They also look back at those public hearings and the need for accountability over the despicable and racist behavior exhibited by certain senators.
Broken Law Podcast Episode 37: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the Senate Confirmation Process
Supreme Court confirmations are headlining events, driving the news cycle and consuming the Senate’s attention. But just what does the confirmation process look like behind the scenes? Beyond the TV cameras of the public hearing, what goes into putting a justice on the Supreme Court? ACS Senior Advisor for Communications and Strategy Jeanne Hruska talks this week with ACS President Russ Feingold, who voted on six Supreme Court justices during his tenure in the U.S. Senate, about the norms, the politics, and ideas for reform of the Senate confirmation process.
The Legacy (and Court) Justice Breyer Will Leave Behind
What does Justice Stephen Breyer’s impending retirement means for the Supreme Court and the country? Join ACS for a discussion of the defining moments of his time on the Court, what to expect in the coming nomination process, and the challenges that will continue to make Court reform imperative regardless of who succeeds Justice Breyer.
Speakers: Russ Feingold, President, American Constitution Society; Olatunde Johnson, Jerome B. Sherman Professor of Law, Columbia Law School; Ajay Kundaria, former Chief Counsel to Senator Amy Klobuchar, Senate Judiciary Committee; Farah Peterson, Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School and former Law Clerk for Justice Stephen Breyer; Jill Dash, Vice President of Strategic Engagement, American Constitution Society, Moderator
Supreme Court Nomination: What’s Next?
Join ACS for a discussion on the historic nomination of the first Black woman to the United States Supreme Court, including how the confirmation process will unfold, what this groundbreaking nomination may mean for the Court, and insight into Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson and her time on the bench.
Speakers: Rachel Barkow, Vice Dean and Charles Seligson Professor of Law, New York University School of Law; Danielle Holley-Walker, Professor of Law and Dean, Howard University School of Law; Jeremy Paris, Principal, The Raben Group; Zinelle October, Executive Vice President, American Constitution Society, Moderator
Commentary & Analysis
- ACS Executive Vice President Zinelle October was quoted in “Some on the right have first Black woman justice’s qualifications under a microscope. It’s not a new strategy.” in the Boston Globe.
- ACS Executive Vice President Zinelle October was quoted in “How Judge Jackson Beat Out Competition For High Court Nod” in Law360.
- ACS President Russ Feingold was quoted in “‘Brilliant,’ ‘Dynamic,’ ‘Fair’: Jackson’s SCOTUS Nomination Is Heralded by Legal Community” in the National Law Journal.
- ACS Strategic Engagement Associate Eliza Stup authored “We need a Court that represents our nation’s diversity of lived experiences” for Loudoun Times.
- ACS President Russ Feingold was quoted in “Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson represents change, but the Court will stay largely the same” in the San Francisco Chronicle.
- ACS President Russ Feingold was quoted in “Biden’s Supreme Court pick thrills progressives looking for a win” in NBC.
- Debra Perlin authored “Timing is Everything: Justice Breyer’s Retirement Announcement and the Court’s Contempt for Government Regulation” for the ACS Expert Blog.
- ASC Board of Directors Member Michele Goodwin hosted an episode of “Road to Confirmation: Biden Promised a Black Woman Supreme Court Nominee. Now What?” featuring ACS Executive Vice President Zinelle October, ACS Board of Directors member Franita Tolson, ACS Board of Academic Advisors member Steve Vladeck, and ACS member Danielle Holley-Walker for Ms. Magazine.
- ACS Executive Vice President Zinelle October authored “Why Adding a Black Woman to the Supreme Court Would Be Good for the GOP” for Politico.
- ACS President Russ Feingold was quoted in “Here’s why Joe Biden should be able to win a Supreme Court fight” in NBC.
- ACS Vice President of Strategic Engagement Jill Dash was quoted in “The résumé line Biden loves in judges” in Politico.
- ACS President Russ Feingold was quoted in “The 3 Republicans to watch as Biden picks his SCOTUS nominee” in Politico.
- ACS Board of Advisors Member Philippa Scarlett was featured in “Black female judges, law students and more on what the Supreme Court nomination means to them” in the Washington Post.
- ACS Vice President of Strategic Engagement Jill Dash was interviewed by WBUR’s On Point, an NPR affiliate, on the segment “Justice Stephen Breyer, his replacement and the future of the Supreme Court.”
- ACS President Russ Feingold was quoted in “Biden’s Supreme Court Pledge Reflects Push Across Federal Judiciary” in the Wall Street Journal.
- ACS Board of Directors Member Melissa Murray was quoted in “Pressure Mounts for Biden to Nominate a Black Woman to the Supreme Court” in TIME.
- ACS Board of Directors Members Michele Goodwin and Melissa Murray appeared on “Biden vows to pick SCOTUS nominee before March” on The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.
- ACS Board of Directors Member Melissa Murray appeared on MSNBC for a segment on “‘Overdue’: Melissa Murray on black woman SCOTUS nominee.”
- ACS Board of Directors Member Garrett Epps authored “The Practical Erudition of Stephen Breyer” in The Washington Monthly.
- ACS member Toni Stone was quoted in “Supreme Court pick holds import for Black women in the law” in AP News.
- ACS Board of Directors Member Aziz Z. Huq authored “Why Biden Should Pick a Scalia to Replace a Breyer” in Politico.
- ACS Board of Directors Member Garrett Epps authored “Donald Trump Promised He Wouldn’t Nominate a Black Woman to the Supreme Court” in The Washington Monthly.
- ACS Board of Advisors member Erwin Chemerinsky “Op-Ed: If the Supreme Court bans affirmative action, it continues the U.S. legacy of racial discrimination” in Los Angeles Times.
- ACS Board of Academic Advisors member Jamal Greene was featured on “Let’s Talk About How Truly Bizarre Our Supreme Court Is” in The New York Times.
- ACS Board of Directors Member Aziz Huq authored “Why Biden Should Pick a Scalia to Replace a Breyer” in Politico.
- ACS Board of Directors Member Garrett Epps authored “Donald Trump Promised He Wouldn’t Nominate a Black Woman to the Supreme Court” in Washington Monthly.