Opinion: Ketanji Brown Jackson Has Just Been Sworn in to the Supreme Court

Daniella Cressman

After what I view as a myriad of bad decisions on the part of the Supreme Court, Justice Stephen Breyer has retired and Ketanji Brown Jackson has been sworn in.

"Ketanji Brown Jackson was sworn in to the Supreme Court on Thursday, shattering a glass ceiling as the first Black woman on the nation's highest court." —Mark Sherman

Justice Jackson could have a significant impact on the Supreme Court's rulings in the future regarding the following issues:

  • Abortion: She is pro-choice.
  • Criminal Justice: She wants to loosen strict drug laws.
  • Environment: When it comes to environmental issues, there are times when Associate Justice Jackson has ruled in favor of environmental causes and times when she has ruled against them. You can expect her to consider conservation matters issue by issue.
  • Immigration: She is a "supporter of immigrants’ rights to due process, regardless of citizen status" according to Erica Sloan
  • Labor: She is a staunch advocate of workers' rights.

Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson's swearing-in is historic. It's certainly something to celebrate, given the many decisions the Supreme Court has made lately.

Additionally, this is the first time that four women will serve together on the Supreme Court.

"Jackson, a federal judge since 2013, is joining three other women—Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Amy Coney Barrett. It's the first time four women will serve together on the nine-member court." —Mark Sherman

That being said, she is joining a court that is the most conservative it's been in decades and one that has finished the bulk of its work until this fall.

"The court that Jackson is joining is the most conservative that it has been since the 1930s. She is likely to be on the losing end of important cases, which could include examinations of the role of race in college admissions, congressional redistricting and voting rights that the court, with its 6-3 conversative majority, will take up next term." —Mark Sherman

Perhaps Justin Jackson will bring the change that so many Americans hope to see to the Supreme Court, but it looks as though she will be fighting an uphill battle.

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