The confirmation hearings of President Biden’s Supreme Court Justice nominee, Ketanji Brown Jackson, for her potential seat on the U.S. Supreme Court have concluded.
The panel now begins deliberations to decide whether to send her historic nomination to the full Senate for a vote.
Judge Jackson received harsh criticism from Republican senators over some of her past sentencing decisions, and her qualifications have been questioned throughout the hearings.
Trial attorney Jervonne Newsome of Dallas-based Lynn Pinker Hurst & Schwegmann says this historic week has been a privilege to witness as a Black female attorney.
“I think that Judge Jackson has exhibited and exudes such professionalism, grace, elegance and intelligence in her answering,” said Ms. Newsome. “What I think this means for the legal industry is that it’s finally breaking that last glass ceiling that has restricted Black women in this profession.”
Ms. Newsome explains that Black women in all occupations have historically faced unique challenges when it comes to climbing professional ladders.
“Statistics do show that the Black woman is the last to be invited to the professional tables of our society,” she said.
Judge Jackson’s expected confirmation to the Supreme Court will bring the first African-American woman in this role. “I think it is going to be an amazing turning point in our society where we can truly say that America is in fact a place of liberty and justice for all.”
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