WASHINGTON, D.C., September 30, 2022 – This morning the Supreme Court held its ceremonial investiture for Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson. Though she officially took her oaths in the spring and participated in deliberations over the summer, today marks the formal beginning of her time on the Supreme Court, serving as its first African-American woman justice.
Kimberly Humphrey, Alliance for Justice Legal Director for Federal Courts, issued the following statement:
“Not many people will see today’s investiture ceremony, but the nation will feel it. Starting next week, we will see Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson take her rightful spot on the bench as the U.S. Supreme Court’s new term begins. At a time when public faith in the Court is at an all-time low, Justice Jackson offers us a glimmer of hope that the arc does eventually bend toward justice. There is a future worth working towards, and a brilliant African-American woman is in a position of power to help light the way. Even if she’s writing more fiery dissents than majority opinions, young women of color will nevertheless see someone fighting for them and learn to continue that fight for themselves. We once again congratulate Justice Jackson and look forward to everything she brings to her new role.”