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Ketanji Brown Jackson biography: 13 things about attorney, jurist born in Washington, D.C.


Ketanji Onyika Brown Jackson is an African-American attorney and jurist. She was born in Washington, D.C., United States to Johnny Brown, a lawyer, and Ellery Brown, a school principal.

Jackson and her husband Patrick G. Jackson, a surgeon, have two daughters. Here are 13 more things about Ketanji:

  1. Raised in Miami, Florida, USA, she attended Miami Palmetto Senior High School from 1984 to 1988.
  2. In 1992, she graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA with a bachelor’s degree in government.
  3. In 1996, she graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a Juris Doctor. In the same year, she and Patrick got married. From 1996 to 1997, she was a law clerk for Hon. Patti B. Saris at the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts.
  4. From 1997 to 1998, she was a law clerk for Hon. Bruce M. Selya at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
  5. She was a private-practice attorney in Washington, D.C. from 1998 to 1999, from 2002 to 2003 and from 2007 to 2010 and in Boston, Massachusetts from 2000 to 2002.
  6. From 1999 to 2000, she was a law clerk for Hon. Stephen G. Breyer at the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2000, she gave birth to Talia Jackson.
  7. From 2003 to 2005, she was a U.S. Sentencing Commission assistant special counsel. In 2004, she gave birth to Leila Jackson.
  8. From 2005 to 2007, she was an assistant federal public defender in Washington, D.C.
  9. From 2007 to 2010, she was a Morrison & Foerster appellate litigator.
  10. On July 23, 2009, 44th U.S. president Barack Obama nominated her to become U.S. Sentencing Commission vice chair and the U.S. Senate confirmed her February 11, 2010. She held the position until December 2014.
  11. On January 4, 2013, Obama nominated her to a seat vacated by Henry Harold Kennedy, Jr. and the U.S. Senate confirmed her on March 23, 2013. On March 26, 2013, she received commission as a U.S. district judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
  12. On June 14, 2021, the U.S. Senate confirmed her as a U.S. circuit judge–designate of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
  13. On February 25, 2022, 46th U.S. president Joe Biden announced that he would nominate her to succeed Justice Stephen Breyer on the U.S. Supreme Court. On April 7, 2022, the U.S. Senate confirmed her in a 53-47 vote. She was 51 years old when she was sworn in as the first Black woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court on June 30, 2022.

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