Ketanji Brown Jackson

  • Does Justice Jackson Offer a Path to Defend Rights Through Originalism?

    by Evan Turiano

    Abolitionists and the drafters of the Reconstruction Amendments understood that the legitimacy of broader claims to rights and citizenship depended on making a claim on the purposes set forth for the Constitution. Ketanji Brown Jackson's recent voting rights dissent suggests she hopes to revive that tradition. 

  • How QAnon Catchphrases Took Over the KBJ Hearings

    by Donald Moynihan

    "QAnon, a sprawling set of baseless conspiracy claims, is built on nods and winks, which has allowed it to move from the fringes to the center of American politics without toppling the mainstream conservative politicians who are courting its adherents."

  • A Pledge to Recuse by KBJ Likely Means the End of Affirmative Action

    by Keisha N. Blain

    With a challenge to Harvard's affirmative action looming, Judge Jackson's pledge to recuse herself means that the Supreme Court is more likely to rule that affirmative action in private university admissions is unconstitutional, with the likely consequence of increasing racial inequality. 

  • Why Have No Evangelical Christians Served on Supreme Court?

    Evangelicals are arguably the most politically engaged religious group in America, with strong views on issues before the court. Yet Ketanji Brown Jackson could become the first nondenominational Protestant to sit on the highest court. 

  • Decoding Partisan Declarations of What Makes a "Good Judge"

    by James D. Zirin

    Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson has a wealth of legal and judicial experience. The Sixth Amendment guarantees the right to counsel under the Constitution. Why, then, is her service as a public defender a source of partisan attacks on her nomination? 

  • The "Who Cares if You're Innocent" Project on the Right

    Recent Senate hearings for Biden's court nominees, and the opinions of some Supreme Court justices on criminal cases, suggest that constitutional protections for the right to counsel are in jeopardy, says legal historian Sara Mayeux.