As Judge Jackson’s Confirmation Hearing Begins, We Celebrate and Call for a Fair Process

Courts Resources 03.21,22

Contact: Rafael Medina, [email protected], 202.869.0390

WASHINGTON – Wade Henderson, interim president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement ahead of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearing for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to be an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court:

“The civil rights community is overjoyed knowing that Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is one step closer to making history as our next associate justice of the Supreme Court. Her nomination has brought hope to our nation.

“Judge Jackson is an outstanding jurist with exceptional qualifications and a demonstrated commitment to equal justice. Her stellar reputation as a judge and her pursuit of equal justice have earned her enthusiastic and broad support across the political spectrum. Her nomination also marks a long overdue milestone for our country. When confirmed, she will be the first Black woman and first former public defender to serve on the Court. She will be the first justice with a significant background in criminal defense since Justice Thurgood Marshall. Judge Jackson will bring new perspectives and meaningful experience that is critically needed on our Court.

“We join in celebration and look forward to hearing from Judge Jackson herself during what we hope will be a fair confirmation process.”

The Leadership Conference, joined by 186 national organizations, released a letter urging the Senate to confirm Judge Jackson as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 230 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