Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson Jackson, 51, will be sworn in tomorrow, Thursday, when the man she is replacing, Judge Stephen Breyer, retires. The ceremony will take place at noon. Breyer is retiring after serving nearly 28 years on the nation’s highest court.
In a ceremony that will be broadcast live from the Supreme Court, Jackson will read the two oaths required for justices of that instance, one conducted by Breyer and the other by Chief Justice John Roberts.
Jackson, a federal judge since 2013, will be the first black woman to serve on the Supreme Court. She will join three other women: Judges Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Amy Coney Barrett. It is the first time that four women will serve together on the nine-member court.
There are several cases on which Supreme must issue a verdict. The two most pressing are a challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate emissions from power plants that contribute to global warming, and President Biden’s attempt to end Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” program.