Ketanji Brown Jackson on Civil Rights



Upheld program for disadvantaged small businesses

In Rothe Development, Inc. v. Department of Defense, Judge Jackson considered an equal protection challenge under the Fifth Amendment's Due Process Clause to a provision of the Small Business Act that established a business development program for socially and economically disadvantaged small business concerns. Judge Jackson rejected the challenge, holding that the plaintiff's facial challenge required showing that "no set of circumstances" existed under which the challenged provision would be valid, or that the provision lacked "any plainly legitimate sweep," and plaintiff failed to meet that high bar.
Source: Cong. Research Service on 2022 SCOTUS Confirmation Hearings , Mar 14, 2022

Race doesn't play a role in the kind of judge that I've been

[On her case history]: "I don't think that race plays a role in the kind of judge that I have been and would be," Jackson said. "I'm doing a certain thing when I get my cases. I'm looking at the arguments, the facts and the law. I'm methodically and intentionally setting aside personal views, any other inappropriate considerations, and I would think that race would be the kind of thing that would be inappropriate to inject into my evaluation of a case."
Source: CNN.com on Supreme Court nominee , Feb 25, 2022

Nomination endorsed by the Human Rights Campaign

The Supreme Court has historically played an outsized role in affirming the constitutional rights of LGBTQ+ individuals and other marginalized communities. After a careful review of her record, it is clear that Jackson's demonstrated fidelity to the principles of our Constitution instills confidence that she will continue Justice Breyer's legacy as a champion of equality. The Human Rights Campaign is proud to support Jackson to be the newest Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
Source: Human Rights Campaign on 2022 SCOTUS Confirmation Hearings , Feb 25, 2022

Served on board for school that condemned LGBTQ people

She once worked as an adviser for a Baptist school in the Maryland suburbs that had a mission statement against LGBTQ people and abortion. Jackson said. "I was not aware that the school had a public website or that any statement of beliefs was posted on the school's website at the time of my service. My service on the advisory school board primarily involved planning for school fundraising activities for the benefit of enrolled students."
Source: Washington Blade on 2022 SCOTUS Confirmation Hearings , Feb 25, 2022

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