Senate Advances Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, the First Black Woman to Serve on a Federal Appeals Courts in 10 Years

Courts Resources 06.10.21

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WASHINGTON Wade Henderson, interim president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement on today’s Senate vote to advance the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit:

“In our pursuit to hold the judiciary to the highest standards as we strive toward ‘equal justice under law,’ Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s elevation to the D.C. Circuit is an important step. Judge Jackson possesses an exemplary record of defending the rights of every individual from her time as a public defender to her years of service as a district court judge.

“For the first time in nearly 10 years, the Senate is set to confirm a Black woman to serve on a federal appeals court. It is past time that our federal judges look like us and have a record of protecting the rights of all of us. The Senate must move swiftly to confirm Judge Jackson.”

Read The Leadership Conference’s letters in support of the confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, as well as The Leadership Conference’s statement on President Biden’s first slate of judicial nominations.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 220 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its member organizations, visit