- Ketanji Brown Jackson says people approach him with “a deep sense of pride” for his appointment to SCOTUS.
- Jackson, the first black woman to serve in the field, made the remarks after her inauguration ceremony.
- She will hear her first arguments on Monday, which marks the start of the new court session.
Associate Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson said Friday that Americans from all walks of life approached her with “a deep sense of pride,” remarks she made after her formal inauguration ceremony.
Jackson, the first black woman in U.S. history to make it to the High Court, will hear her first oral arguments on Monday as the body begins its new term.
The new judge did not speak about the court’s strong ideological divide, as she now has a staunchly conservative 6-3 majority, but instead spoke about the interactions she has had with ordinary people in recent months.
“People from all walks of life approach me with what I can only describe as a deep sense of pride. And what feels like renewed ownership. I can see it in their eyes,” Jackson said during his speech.
“They look at me as if to say, ‘Look at what we’ve done…this is what we can achieve if we put our hearts into it,'” she added.
In the next session, Jackson and the other eight members of the High Court will look at cases – including those concerning voting rights, environmental regulations and the scope of powers granted to federal agencies – where the decisions will have an impact. far-reaching impact for millions of people. Americans.
Jackson joins a court that voted months ago to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that legalized abortion in the United States and granted a constitutional right to the procedure.
The ramifications of the decision were stark, with many states instituting near-total abortion bans, while some expanded abortion rights.
In joining the tribunal, Jackson succeeded Stephen Breyer, who served on the tribunal from 1994 until his official retirement in June.
At Friday’s ceremony, Jackson received an oath from Chief Justice John Roberts, attended by President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Attorney General Merrick Garland, former Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy and Breyer. .
Jackson’s official swearing in court took place in June.