Monday, March 21, 2022

Equal Justice Under Law

During this hearing, I hope that you will see how much I love our country and the Constitution, and the rights that make us free.  I stand on the shoulders of many who have come before me, including Judge Constance Baker Motley, who was the first African American woman to be appointed to the federal bench and with whom I share a birthday.  And like Judge Motley, I have dedicated my career to ensuring that the words engraved on the front of the Supreme Court building -- "Equal Justice Under Law" -- are a reality and not just an ideal.  Thank you for this historic chance to join the highest Court, to work with brilliant colleagues, to inspire future generations, and to ensure liberty and justice for all.

-- Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's opening statement at her Supreme Court confirmation hearing, as prepared for delivery, 21 March 2022

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