Washington, D.C. – February 25, 2022 – In response to President Biden’s historic nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first Black woman nominated to the Supreme Court of the United States, Lisa Rice, CEO, National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) issued the following statement:
“We are elated by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination today to the Supreme Court of the United States. This is an historic moment for the country and, because representation matters, an exciting day for Black women and girls. Judge Jackson, a highly esteemed, Harvard graduate, who is currently serving on the powerful DC Circuit Court of Appeals, would be the first Black woman Supreme Court Justice if confirmed. She is exceptionally qualified and has the experience, character, integrity, and dedication to the Constitution and rule of law to serve on the nation’s highest court.
“Judge Jackson’s background and experience is a true American success story. She comes from a family of police officers, clerked for Justice Breyer, worked as a public defender, and served on the bipartisan U.S. Sentencing Commission prior to serving as a judge on the District Court and the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. In each of these instances, Judge Jackson received bipartisan Senate support in her confirmation.
“This moment is historic and transformational. Judge Jackson’s credentials are stellar. Her expertise on the Supreme Court will offer a lens grounded in decades of skillful lawyering and judicial experience. In the decades ahead, the laws that govern and protect Americans from unjust practices like housing discrimination and algorithmic bias will undoubtedly be tested in our highest court. It is imperative we have a Justice with the knowledge and mastery of law to handle critical issues that impact millions of people.
“We applaud President Biden’s nomination of Judge Jackson to the Supreme Court and look forward to the Senate swiftly moving to confirm her with bipartisan support.”
The National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) is the country’s only national civil rights organization dedicated solely to eliminating all forms of housing and lending discrimination and ensuring equal opportunities for all people. As the trade association for over 170 fair housing and justice-centered organizations throughout the U.S. and its territories, NFHA works to dismantle longstanding barriers to equity and build diverse, inclusive, well-resourced communities.