At various points during her rise through the federal judiciary, Judge Jackson gained support from Republicans who were concerned about the role of race in the legal system. Last year, when Republican Senator John Cornyn asked her about this during her confirmation hearing to join the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, she replied:
“I’m methodically and intentionally setting aside personal views, any other inappropriate considerations, and I would think that race would be the kind of thing that would be inappropriate to inject into my evaluation of.”
According to her Senate questionnaire, she has stepped away from a number of cases to avoid any appearance of bias, including those that would clash with her duties as a member of the Harvard Board of Trustees.
One featured a professor who sued the EPA over a FOIA request from the Environmental Protection Agency. Another challenged the Department of Education’s college sexual assault standards, to which Harvard was re-evaluating its reaction.
Harvard Nominated Judge Jackson
The Coalition for a Diverse Harvard nominated Judge Jackson as a candidate to assist “safeguard campus diversity” after she was elected to the board in 2016. According to one of its announcements at the time, the alliance was in favour of the school’s affirmative action policy and believed that its slate would beat one that contained candidates who had publicly opposed it.
He refused to answer the question about affirmative action because he felt “duty bound” as a sitting federal judge “not to declare my personal opinions on subjects of significance that have the potential to come before me in court.”
President Biden fulfilled a campaign pledge to appoint a Black woman to the Supreme Court by nominating Judge Jackson. Professor Jonathan Turley of George Washington University Law School is one of numerous legal experts who have suggested that Mr.
Biden employed “exclusionary criteria” in examining solely Black women as possible contenders for the vice presidency. According to Mr. Turley, the president’s standards were unfair to anyone he chose as his candidate since she would then have to decide whether those same factors should be applied in college admissions.
Judge Jackson Interview
In an interview, Mr. Turley stated that his notion that Judge Jackson should recuse herself has nothing to do with her colour. This would be shocking to most people, let alone the Supreme Court, to see a judge vote on a university matter where she served on the board of trustees. “It would be like a court deciding on an Exxon lease dispute after serving as an Exxon board member,” he said.