‘A Face that Looks Like Mine’: Black Women in Law Welcome Jackson’s Confirmation with Pride.
Black women in law from around the country celebrated Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation to the Supreme Court on Thursday, with many saying they felt proud and inspired by her accomplishment.
Nia Jolly, a second-year law student at the University of Louisville, who was recently elected the first Black female president of her student bar association, said she was thrilled for Judge Jackson and especially touched by her “resilience and tenacity.”
“Although Judge Jackson was put through the wringer, she came out successfully on the other side,” Ms. Jolly said. “This is a great day for Black women in the law and encouraging for Black women trying to make progress everywhere.”
Stephanie Goggans, a second-year law student at Cleveland State University and an intern for Judge Emanuella Groves, an appellate judge in Ohio, said she felt empowered by Judge Jackson’s success.
“I’m crying happy tears because for the first time, I can look at the highest court in the country — a country I would give my life for — and see a face that looks like mine,” said Ms. Goggans, 36.