One of President Joe Biden’s most notable early judicial nominees appears to be on a career path that could lead to a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Although the selection of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to replace incoming Attorney General Merrick Garland on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has given progressives a reason to celebrate, it has led some conservatives to voice their concern.
“A tremendous record as both a lawyer and a judge”
As Fox News reported, Garland was appointed earlier this month to serve in the Biden administration.
Jackson’s name has previously been associated with Garland, with both among the list of potential nominees former President Barack Obama was said to have considered naming to replace the late Supreme Court Antonin Scalia in 2016.
Since then, leftist activists like Christopher King have continued to tout her perceived qualifications for a seat on the nation’s highest court.
Kang, who co-founded the group Demand Justice, recently spoke out in support of Jackson, declaring: “I think there’s no question that Judge Jackson brings a tremendous record as both a lawyer and a judge, in addition to being a Black woman, which the court has never had.”
He noted that Thurgood Marshall was the last Supreme Court justice with a background in criminal defense law.
“Biden’s superb and accomplished judicial picks”
“So being a public defender she would also bring that important perspective to the court,” Kang added.
He concluded that there is “no question that people are right to be talking about her for the Supreme Court,” cautioning that those pundits should “pause for a moment to reflect on how important it is that she’s been nominated for the D.C. Circuit.”
Another vocal defender of the nominee is U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuch Schumer (D-NY), who promised to work toward Jackson’s confirmation in the chamber.
“The Senate will work quickly to confirm President Biden’s superb and accomplished judicial picks,” he said.
As National Review writer Carrie Campbell Severino noted, however, Jackson’s past presents the potential for pessimism among conservatives. Among the notable examples are her donation to the Obama campaign and her position as a clerk for liberal Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.