Professors comment on historic Supreme Court nominee

Jalila Jefferson-BullockMarissa MeredithProfessors Jalila Jefferson-Bullock and Marissa Meredith were interviewed by KDKA CBS Pittsburgh regarding President Joseph Biden's historic Supreme Court nominee. Biden chose Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first African American woman for this position. The following is an excerpt from the piece:

"I know lots of people who do know her who speak highly of her unimpeachable character, of her exceptional credentials, and of her unwavering commitment to the rule of law," Jefferson-Bullock said. "She's an outstanding choice."

Jefferson-Bullock says the high court needs people from all backgrounds.

"The decisions that the court hands down affect real, everyday people. So we need folks on the court who look like us," she says.

An African American woman on the court also sets an example, says Duquesne University Law School professor Marissa Meredith.

"Representation matters. I think this will assist many brown children looking ahead, seeing what doors they could potentially walk through," says Meredith.

Judge Jackson is the first appointee with federal public defender experience.

"Everyone has rights to a fair trial, and I think she knows this," says Meredith.

"Black women are uniquely qualified to hand down sentences that are just and equitable for everyone," adds Jefferson-Bullock.

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