Ketanji Brown Jackson nominated to serve as D.C. District Court judge

Ketanji Brown Jackson (Photo: U.S. Sentencing Commission)

President Barack Obama will nominate Ketanji Brown Jackson to become a judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Jackson is currently Vice Chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission. If confirmed, she’ll be the first black woman appointed to the D.C. District Court in 32 years.

Jackson is a graduate of Harvard-Radcliffe College and Harvard Law School. She clerked for Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.

“I could not be more pleased that the President has agreed to nominate Ketanji Brown Jackson to our federal district court,” Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton says. “Her experience in both civil and criminal matters, including sentencing, will make her a valuable addition to the court.”

Jackson worked at Morrison & Foerster LLP from 2007 to 2010 and served as an assistant federal public defender in Washington from 2005 to 2007.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.