President Joe Biden has nominated Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to replace retiring Justice Stephen Breyer on the U.S. Supreme Court.
If confirmed, she would be the first Black woman to serve on the nation’s highest court.
Jackson, 51, was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Miami, graduating from Palmetto Senior High in 1988.
Her mother was a teacher at Miami’s New World School of the Arts and her father was an attorney for the Miami-Dade County School Board.
She received a degree in government from Harvard University and later graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School.
Jackson later clerked for the outgoing Justice Stephen Breyer.
After working in private practice and later as a public defender she was appointed to the U.S. District Court of Washington, D.C. by Barack Obama then to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit by President Joe Biden.
Considered to be a liberal-leaning judge she will undergo a senate confirmation hearing ahead of Breyer’s retirement this summer.