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Ketanji Brown Jackson to Be Sworn in Thursday as Newest Supreme Court Justice

Ketanji Brown Jackson is sworn in to a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on March 21.

Ketanji Brown Jackson is sworn in to a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on March 21.

Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg

Ketanji Brown Jackson will be sworn in Thursday as the first Black female justice on the US Supreme Court, succeeding the retiring Stephen Breyer as a transformational term comes to a close.

Jackson was confirmed to replace Breyer in April but then had to wait until he stepped down at the end of the nine-month term, which included the blockbuster ruling eliminating the constitutional right to abortion. Breyer said in a letter to President Joe Biden that his confirmation would become effective Thursday.