WASHINGTON D.C., DC — The first Black woman confirmed for the Supreme Court, Ketanji Brown Jackson, is officially becoming a justice.
Jackson will be sworn as the court’s 116th justice at midday Thursday, just as the man she is replacing, Justice Stephen Breyer, retires.
Before the appointment to the Supreme Court, Jackson was a U.S. Circuit Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. She will be the first Black woman confirmed for the Supreme Court.
Breyer says in a letter to President Joe Biden that his retirement will take effect at noon, after nearly 28 years on the nation’s highest court.
Earlier in the day the court is expected to issue its final opinions in a momentous and rancorous term that included overturning Roe v. Wade’s guarantee of the right to an abortion.