President's Message: MBA supports Supreme Court nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

Thursday, March 3, 2022 By MBA President Thomas M. Bond
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MBA President Thomas M. Bond

The following is a statement by Massachusetts Bar Association President Thomas M. Bond on the Feb. 25 nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to U.S. Supreme Court:

We applaud President Joe Biden’s nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson to be the first Black woman to sit on the United States Supreme Court. Judge Jackson, who currently sits on the United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, is eminently qualified. She won bipartisan approval during her Senate confirmation last year, when she was elevated from the federal district court in the District of Columbia. A former clerk for Justice Stephen Breyer during the Supreme Court’s 1999-2000 term, she is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.

The Massachusetts Bar Association is proud to be from a state where we have a Black woman, Kimberly Budd, as the chief justice of our highest court. We also recognize the efforts of the current administration over the past three years in appointing one Black judge, Justice Serge Georges Jr., and one Latin-American judge, Justice Dalila Wendlandt, to serve on the Supreme Judicial Court as well.

The MBA will continue to support the efforts of the administrations at the federal, state and local levels in appointing judges of color to the bench.

This statement was originally issued on Friday, Feb. 25.