Ketanji Brown Jackson

Nomination Status:

Nominated to US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on March 30, 2021


Fair? Yes
Independent? Yes
Qualified? Yes

Ketanji Brown Jackson has a wealth of experience, having served as a federal district court judge in Washington, DC, since 2013. A former public defender, assistant special counsel on the US Sentencing Commission, and law clerk for Justice Stephen Breyer, Jackson has a history of supporting reproductive health care, civil rights, disability rights, and labor rights. Based on Ketanji Brown Jackson’s record and experience, she is a qualified, fair, and independent nominee and should be confirmed to the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, our nation’s second-highest court.

Ketanji Brown Jackson’s stance on important issues:

Reproductive Health Care: Jackson presided over two cases challenging the Department of Health and Human Services’ decision to terminate grants for teen pregnancy prevention programs two years early. She ruled the decision to terminate the grants early, without any explanation for doing so, was arbitrary and capricious. Her decision allowed nonprofit organizations providing this essential education to continue receiving grants. 

Civil Rights: When speaking at University of Michigan Law School, ahead of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jackson spoke of the role Black women played as the backbone of the civil rights movement and how she is proud to continue that legacy. Her commitment to civil rights was also demonstrated through her work as a public defender and assistant special counsel on the US Sentencing Commission, whose mission is to reduce sentencing disparities, including on the basis of race and gender. While Jackson was on the US Sentencing Commission, it reduced the sentencing guidelines for crack cocaine and other drug offenses. 

Disability Rights: In a recent decision, Jackson ruled that Uber can be held liable for failing to provide accessible transportation to people using wheelchairs.  Additionally, in 2015, in Pierce v. District of Columbia, Jackson ruled against the DC Department of Corrections for violating the rights of an incarcerated deaf person by not providing him necessary accommodations.

Labor Rights: In 2018, Jackson invalidated three executive orders from President Trump which would have limited the time labor union officials could spend with their members, the issues unions could bargain over, and the ability of workers to appeal disciplinary actions.  

Kentanji Brown Jackson’s temperament and experience:

Judicial Independence and Temperament: The American Bar Association rated Ketanji Brown Jackson Unanimously Qualified when she was nominated as a federal district court judge in 2012. In this role, she presided over a case where she enforced a subpoena against Donald McGahn, former White House counsel, rejecting the Trump administration’s claim of absolute immunity by stating, “presidents are not kings.”   

Experience: Ketanji Brown Jackson served as a federal district judge for the last eight years. She has worked as a public defender, a lawyer in a private firm, and an assistant special counsel on the US Sentencing Commission. She was a supervising editor of Harvard Law Review and had three judicial clerkships, including a US Supreme Court Clerkship under Justice Steven Breyer. 

Because #CourtsMatter, NCJW believes all federal judges must be:


Do they respect equality and justice for all and understand the impact of the law on everyone?


Are they impartial, nonpartisan, and not influenced by outside parties or interests?


Have they been objectively assessed for their experience, competence, principles, and temperament?

I want federal judges who are fair, independent, and qualified.