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March 24, 2022

ABA representatives to testify about rating of Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson

WASHINGTON, March 24, 2022 -- Representatives from the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary were scheduled to testify Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee about its evaluation of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson. The Standing Committee, which rated Judge Jackson “Well Qualified,” its highest rating, will be represented by committee chair Hon. Ann Claire Williams (Ret.) of Chicago and standing committee members D. Jean Veta of Washington, D.C., and Joseph M. Drayton of New York City, who were the Standing Committee’s lead evaluators.

The Standing Committee has conducted its independent, nonpartisan, and comprehensive evaluations of the professional qualifications of nominees to the federal bench since 1953. For the evaluation of Judge Jackson, the committee, invited input from 1,990 judges and 865 lawyers and other professionals. Three independent reading groups made up of more than 50 law professors and legal experts studied the writing of Judge Jackson.

The evaluation, which is based solely on the nominee’s integrity, professional competence, and judicial temperament, does not consider ideology. Some peer comments from the evaluation on Judge Jackson in the testimony included: “She is off-the-charts in terms of her integrity and judicial temperament;” “She is one of the brightest legal minds in the country with a well-rounded set of experiences in the legal system and judiciary;” “She is humble and with no sense of entitlement;” and “I cannot think of anyone more qualified or better-suited to sit on the High Court.”

The ABA’s submitted written testimony can be found here.

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