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Meet the Black Woman Clerking for Brett Kavanaugh

Meet the Black Woman Clerking for Brett Kavanaugh

Research shows that prestigious one-year Supreme Court clerkships -- which have long been considered a golden ticket to a top-tier legal career -- were going overwhelmingly to white males. Fewer than 2% were African Americans, 1% were Hispanic, and only a quarter were women. Newly sworn-in Justice Brett Kavanaugh made history over the weekend by becoming the first SCOTUS judge to hire an all-female roster of law clerks -- keeping a promise he made during his confirmation hearings. Among them is Kim Jackson. The 2017 Yale Law School graduate was a former law clerk for Kavanaugh on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. She worked as the Articles & Essays editor of Yale Law Journal, and she was one of 18 women who signed a letter attesting to Kavanaugh’s mentorship of women. Jackson also worked as a Law Clerk on the Federal District Court for DC Judge Dabney Friedrich -- who was nominated by Donald Trump and dated Kavanaugh in the 1990s. The Chicago Defender notes that it will be interesting to see Jackson’s role in Kavanaugh’s rulings that directly affect Black people. One very real possibility might be that the now conservative-leaning court could overturn Obama-era regulations that would adversely affect HBCUs this term (more on this in tomorrow’s Beat DC). Kavanaugh supporters noted that two of the three Black clerks at the Supreme Court this term previously worked for him. The other three clerks appointed by Kavanaugh are Shannon GrammelMegan Lacy, and Sara Nommensen, each of whom worked for appeals court judges appointed by Republicans. More here.

Essence Names New Leadership 

Essence Names New Leadership 

Lawmakers Decry “Public Charge” Rule that Targets Immigrant Communities

Lawmakers Decry “Public Charge” Rule that Targets Immigrant Communities