Ketanji Brown Jackson Becomes Supreme Court Justice, Court Expected to Hear Significant Cases Next Term

WASHINGTON, D.C .- We have a new Supreme Court Justice. Ketanji Brown Jackson took the oath confirmation and became the nation’s first Black woman to sit on our highest court.  This historic moment comes at a turbulent time for the Court. 

“I Ketanji Brown Jackson do solemnly swear,” said Ketanji Brown Jackson during the ceremony. 

“That I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic,” said Chief Justice John Roberts during the ceremony. 

“That I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic,” said Jackson during the ceremony.   

This ceremony lasted only for a few minutes. Justice Jackson took a constitutional oath and a judicial oath in front of a small gathering at the Supreme Court. This is a historic moment because Justice Jackson is the first Black woman to sit on the Supreme Court. She is replacing Justice Stephen Breyer who retired, making her the nation’s 116th Justice and sixth woman to serve on this Court.   

Justice Jackson’s ceremony comes at a rocky moment for the Supreme Court. Not only are they dealing with an internal investigation over the leak of a draft decision on Roe v. Wade last month, but also their recent rulings striking down Roe, gun protections and recently an environmental case limiting the EPA’s powers on carbon emissions have ignited protests across the country. The Supreme Court has finished their term and will be on recess until October. When they start back up again, the new Justice will be facing significant cases, including cases involving religious freedom, independent legislature theory and affirmative action, which she may recuse herself from.