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President Biden nominated Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, one of our nation’s brightest legal minds to the Supreme Court. Judge Jackson is currently serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and has strong, broad experience across the legal profession. | Executive Office of the President of the United States

Biden Chooses Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for Supreme Court Nomination

February 28, 2022

Biden Chooses Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for Supreme Court Nomination

Ask Students: Who is Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, and what is her background? What promises did President Biden make about this Supreme Court nomination?

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Summary

On Friday, February 25, news reported that President Biden had chosen federal judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to fill the seat of retiring Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. Judge Jackson isn’t new to the Supreme Court short list, she was considered a long-shot pick for President Obama in 2016. Watch the video below to learn more about the recent nomination.

Discussion Questions: Ketanji Brown Jackson

  • Who is Ketanji Brown Jackson, and what is her background?
  • What promises did President Biden make about this Supreme Court nomination?
  • Why is a seat on the Supreme Court opening up?
  • Where and When would Jackson have a confirmation hearing before becoming a justice?
  • How might Jackson’s background help her receive confirmation votes from Republicans as well as Democrats?

Focus Questions

How might Jackson’s background as a public defender shape her views on criminal cases before the Supreme Court? Do you think such perspective is useful or valuable?

Media literacy: What details from this biographical sketch of Jackson do you think are important for understanding her perspective as a potential Supreme Court justice?

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