No matter the issue you care about, our federal courts almost certainly play a role. Look no further than this year’s docket where the Supreme Court stands poised to attack reproductive freedom and ease access to guns. If you care about these issues or the environment, voting rights, labor, quality public education, or more, you should care who is a federal judge in this country. 

Starting with the Supreme Court.

When Justice Breyer announced his intention to retire at the end of the Supreme Court’s current term, this gave President Biden an opportunity to fulfill one of his campaign promises, nominating a Black woman to the Supreme Court. President Biden did just that by nominating Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. Judge Jackson’s nomination is historic. If confirmed she will be the first Black woman to serve as a U.S. Supreme Court justice. She will also be only the third Black justice and sixth female justice.

Not only would Judge Jackson bring demographic diversity to the court, but also professional diversity. Judge Jackson would be the first federal public defender to serve as a justice. She is exceptionally qualified, having clerked for three different judges and worked in both private and public settings. She also has been a judge at both the district and appellate court levels.

Judge Jackson will be a justice who represents the interests of all people. Not only will she bring a new perspective to the court, she will also bring her unique legal background, which includes working for indigent defendants. Despite what we may see in Washington D.C. as the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings begin, there is simply no reason to oppose Judge Jackson’s nomination on the merits.

Meghan Paulas
Oak Park

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