Jackson was sworn in by Durbin simply after 3:20 p.m. and delivered her opening assertion to the committee, pledging to assist and defend the Structure if confirmed to the Supreme Court docket.
“Members of this committee,” she mentioned, “if I’m confirmed, I decide to you that I’ll work productively to assist and defend the Structure and this grand experiment of American democracy that has endured over these previous 246 years.”
Noting her almost 10 years serving on the federal bench, Jackson mentioned she takes significantly her accountability to be unbiased.
“I determine instances from a impartial posture,” she advised the committee. “I consider the information, and I interpret and apply the legislation to the information of the case earlier than me, with out worry or favor, per my judicial oath.”
Jackson provided gratitude to Mr. Biden for the “confidence” he positioned in her and thanked the 45 senators she met with within the lead-up to her affirmation hearings.
“Your cautious consideration to my nomination demonstrates your dedication to the essential position that the Senate performs on this constitutional course of. And I thanks,” she mentioned.
Born in Washington, Jackson highlighted the teachings instilled in her by her dad and mom, Johnny and Ellery Brown, who have been each in attendance. Jackson mentioned her father helped stir her curiosity within the legislation, as he was a full-time pupil at College of Miami Regulation College when the household moved to Florida.
“My very earliest recollections are of watching my father research — he had his stack of legislation books on the kitchen desk whereas I sat throughout from him with my stack of coloring books,” she mentioned.
Jackson mentioned her dad and mom impressed upon each her and her brother, Ketajh, the worth of public service, along with her youthful brother working as a police officer earlier than becoming a member of the Military following the September 11, 2001, terror assaults.
“Even previous to at present, I can actually say that my life had been blessed past measure,” she mentioned. “The primary of my many blessings is the truth that I used to be born on this nice nation, a little bit over 50 years in the past.”
Turning to her expertise as a federal decide, Jackson famous her opinions are typically prolonged, which she mentioned displays her dedication to being clear and offering an intensive clarification of her choices.
“All of my skilled experiences, together with my work as a public defender and as trial decide, have instilled in me the significance of getting every litigant know that the decide of their case has heard them, whether or not or not their arguments prevailed in court docket,” she mentioned.
Jackson acknowledged her household in attendance on the listening to, together with her husband Patrick, daughters Talia and Leila, dad and mom, brother, in-laws, and three faculty roommates.
Honoring Breyer, for whom she clerked on the Supreme Court docket, Jackson referred to as it “extraordinarily humbling to be thought-about for Justice Breyer’s seat, and I do know that I might by no means fill his footwear. But when confirmed, I might hope to hold on his spirit.”
“I do know that my position as a decide is a restricted one, that the Structure empowers me solely to determine instances and controversies which can be correctly offered, and I do know that my judicial position is additional constrained by cautious adherence to precedent,” she mentioned.
Jackson mentioned that throughout her judicial profession, she has labored to make sure the phrases inscribed above the doorway to the Supreme Court docket “equal justice underneath legislation are a actuality and never simply a super.”