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Ketanji Brown Jackson Sworn in as First Black Female Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

Posted by John Rogers | Jul 06, 2022

Ketanji Brown Jackson was officially sworn in as the first black female justice to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. The 51-year-old is the court's 116th justice, and has taken the place of Justice Stephen Breyer. Jackson served as a law clerk for Justice Breyer.

Jackson received two oaths that are required of justice; one administered by Justice Breyer, and another by Chief Justice John Roberts. The ceremony was streamed live on the court's website. All the justices except for Neil Gorsuch attended the swearing-in. His absence remains unexplained.

Jackson served as a federal justice since 2013, and an appellate court justice for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. She joins thee other women – Justice Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Amy Coney Barrett. This is the first time four women will serve together on the nine member court.

Justice Jackson was confirmed by the U.S. Senate earlier this year by a vote of 53 to 47. She earned support from 3 republican senators.

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