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Ketanji Brown Jackson sworn in as first black female justice on U.S. Supreme Court Updated: 2022-07-01 17:19:16 KST

History was made on Thursday, when Ketanji Brown Jackson became the first female black justice to be sworn into the United States Supreme Court.
51-year-old Jackson is the third black person, sixth woman, and 1-hundred-16th justice to serve on the court.

President Biden nominated Jackson back in February, and the Senate confirmed her appointment in April, on a 53-47 vote, with three Republicans joining the Democrats in support.
Jackson replaces retiring liberal Justice Stephen Breyer, meaning the court's 6-3 conservative majority is unchanged.
The swearing in comes just six days after the court overturned the Roe v Wade landmark decision which had guaranteed abortion rights.

Miami-raised Jackson graduated from Harvard University and Harvard Law School.
She has worked as an assistant federal public defender and a commissioner of the United States Sentencing Commission.
In 2013, she was confirmed as a U.S. district judge for the District of Columbia under then-President Obama.
One of her notable cases as a judge was where she ruled against the Trump administration policies that expand the categories of non-citizens who could be subject to expedited removal procedures.
In 2021, she was appointed by President Biden to the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Jackson will participate in her first cases when the Supreme Court's next term opens in October.
A major case for the term concerns "affirmative action", a policy which currently serves to increase enrollment of minority students at universities and colleges in the U.S.
Lee Shi-hoo, Arirang News
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