Live Updates: Ketanji Brown Jackson Will Be Sworn In As Supreme Court Justice As Court Issues Final Opinion – The Henry Club

Ketanji Brown Jackson posing for a portrait in February. (Jacqueline Martin / AP)

Rutgers Law School co-dean and professor Kimberly McKerson said the inclusion of new Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson does not change the Supreme Court’s ideology, but the first black woman to sit on the bench brings a new perspective. ,

“I think it’s often the case that people can’t imagine things from different perspectives, and so having someone who sits in that position who has the same credentials as what they do, who does the same thing. is in court.” What they do, and who I think can describe the world from a different lens is incredibly meaningful,” Mucherson said.

He said it matters to have different voices in the room when decisions are being made with real implications for all Americans.

“It doesn’t necessarily change the way they vote. It at least changes how they have to think about certain issues,” she said.

CNN analyst and Supreme Court biographer Joan Biscupik agreed that Jackson’s place on court would make a huge difference in the “dynamic around the table.” He compared it to Justice Sandra Day O’Connor about the perspective that Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first black justice, had brought to court.

She said Jackson brings many different layers of perspective to the table — her race, her age, and her background as a Confederate public defender.

“She comes from almost the same background that Steven Breuer does in terms of education, experience. They were both law clerks, they both have very prestigious degrees — but they have this significant demographic gap, and she’s 51 years old.” Stefan Breuer is 83, so she’s going to bring that up too,” Biscupik said.