Ketanji Brown Jackson

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Ketanji Jackson
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Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia
Incumbent
Assumed office
March 26, 2013
Appointed by Barack Obama
Preceded by Henry Kennedy
Personal details
Born September 1970 (age 44)
Washington D.C., U.S.
Alma mater Harvard University

Ketanji Brown Jackson (born September 1970) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

Early life and education[edit]

Jackson was born Ketanji Onyika Brown in Washington, D.C. [1] Jackson graduated from Miami Palmetto High School in 1988.[2] She earned a bachelor's degree magna cum laude in government in 1992 from Harvard University and a law degree cum laude in 1996 from Harvard Law School.[3]

Jackson has served as a law clerk for three federal judges, including United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts Judge Patti B. Saris and United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit Judge Bruce M. Selya. She clerked for Associate Justice Stephen Breyer of the United States Supreme Court from 1999 until 2000.

Legal career[edit]

Jackson worked in private legal practice from 1998 until 1999 and again from 2000 until 2003.[4] From 2003 until 2005, she remained in private practice as an attorney at the Feinberg Group law firm, [5] and she also served as an assistant special counsel to the United States Sentencing Commission.[6] From 2005 until 2007, Jackson served as an assistant federal public defender in the District of Columbia.[7] From 2007 to 2013, Jackson worked at the law firm of Morrison & Foerster.[8]

Appointment to the United States Sentencing Commission[edit]

On July 23, 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Jackson to the part-time role of being one of the seven voting members on the United States Sentencing Commission.[9] The United States Senate confirmed Jackson by unanimous consent on February 11, 2010.

Jackson served on the United States Sentencing Commission until 2013. She succeeded Michael Horowitz, who served from 2003 until 2009.

District Court service[edit]

On September 20, 2012, President Obama nominated Jackson to serve as a United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, to the seat vacated by Judge Henry H. Kennedy, Jr. who retired on November 18, 2011.[10] On January 2, 2013, her nomination was returned to the President, due to the sine die adjournment of the Senate.

On January 3, 2013, she was renominated to the same office. On February 14, 2013, her nomination was reported to the full Senate by voice vote of the Senate Judiciary Committee.[11] She was confirmed by voice vote on the legislative day of March 22, 2013.[12] She received her commission on March 26, 2013.

Personal[edit]

Jackson married Patrick G. Jackson in 1996. They have two daughters.

References[edit]

Legal offices
Preceded by
Henry Kennedy
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia
2013–present
Incumbent