August 19, 2022

Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson was sworn in as Supreme Court judge as the court delivered its final remarks

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

Kimberly Mutcherson, associate dean and professor at Rutgers Law School, said adding new Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson doesn’t change the Supreme Court’s ideology, adding that the first black woman on the bench brings a new perspective. .

“I think everybody can’t imagine things from a different perspective, so having someone who sits in that place, who has the same credentials that they do, who sits on the same court that they do. And I think it’s incredibly meaningful to have someone who can describe the world through a different lens,” Mutcherson said. .

He said it’s important 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 think about certain things,” he said.

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

He said Jackson brings a variety of perspectives to the table — his race, his age and his background as a federal public defender.

“She comes from the same kind of background that Stephen Breyer does in terms of education, experience. They’re both law clerks, both have very prestigious degrees — but she has this important demographic difference, and she’s 51. Stephen Breyer is 83, so she’s going to bring that too.” Biskubic said.