President Joe Biden is said to be preparing to nominate District Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to replace Merrick Garland on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The move could be a temporary stop for her on her way to helping Biden fulfill his campaign promise to choose a Black woman for a seat on the Supreme Court.
While no final decisions have been announced, court-focused progressive advocates expect she’ll be picked.
A judge on the federal district court in Washington, D.C., Jackson was nominated by President Barack Obama in 2013 and sailed through Senate confirmation on a voice vote.
“All signs point to Ketanji being elevated to an appellate court seat,” Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice, said.
“If she is picked for the D.C. Circuit, I’d expect her to stay there to be brief, because I’d expect her to be the lead candidate for a Supreme Court vacancy in the event that Justice Breyer retires,” Brian Fallon, Demand Justice Executive Director, said. “And we’d be fully supportive of her in both scenarios.”
Jackson is the former clerk to Justice Stephen Breyer.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said last week that he is working with the White House “to restore balance” to the courts and will be moving to fill vacancies once the Senate is done confirming Cabinet positions.