|Norton to Introduce Her Judicial Recommendation, the First African American Woman Nominee in a Generation, at Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing Wednesday|
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) will introduce Ketanji Brown Jackson at her confirmation hearing to become a judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, December 12, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. in Dirksen Senate Office Building (Room 226). Norton, using senatorial courtesy granted to her by President Obama, recommended Jackson to the President for this position, and he accepted the Congresswoman’s recommendation. Jackson is currently vice chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, and if confirmed, would be the first African American woman appointed to the district court in D.C. in 32 years, the second in the history of that court to serve, and the only one currently on the bench.
“I am particularly pleased to introduce Ketanji Brown Jackson at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee,” Norton said. “Her experience in criminal and civil matters, as well as sentencing, would bring the unusually complete package of background and skills most needed at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.”
Norton said that because Jackson has been through the Senate confirmation process before, when the President appointed her to serve on the Sentencing Commission in 2010, she should be easily confirmed for this new appointment.
President Obama, like President Clinton, granted Norton senatorial courtesy to recommend candidates for federal district court judges and other important federal law enforcement positions in the District. The Congresswoman recommended Jackson out of a number of candidates screened by her 17-person Federal Law Enforcement Nominating Commission, which is chaired by Pauline Schneider, a former chair of the D.C. Bar, and a partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.
Published: December 12, 2012