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Presidential Prof. Lisa Fairfax to introduce Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson at SCOTUS confirmation hearings

March 21, 2022

Fairfax and Brown Jackson have been friends since rooming together at Harvard, both undergrad and in law school.

University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School Presidential Professor Lisa Fairfax will have the honor and privilege of introducing her longtime friend and former roommate at the Senate confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court nomination of the Honorable Ketanji Brown Jackson. Brown Jackson currently serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and if confirmed, would be the first Black woman to serve as a justice on the country’s highest court.

“The unmitigated joy of seeing someone I love be nominated, why I’m still smiling right now and probably getting ready to tear up,” Fairfax told CBS News. “She is fearless in a world where it’s sometimes scary to be fearless,” Fairfax told The New York Times.

Fairfax and Brown attended both undergrad and law school together at Harvard. Fairfax joined the Law School faculty in 2021 and is also Co-Director of the Institute for Law & Economics.

Several other members of the Law School community, including former Harvard Law classmate Dean and Bernard G. Segal Professor of Law Ted Ruger, have also expressed their enthusiastic support for Brown Jackson’s nomination.

“I’ve known Ketanji Brown Jackson personally for almost 30 years, and she is exactly the kind of thoughtful and fair-minded judge our country needs today on the Supreme Court,” said Ruger. “In 1994 and 1995, we worked closely together during law school on the Harvard Law Review, where she stood out for her brilliance, her ability to work collegially with others, and the high opinion in which she was held on campus. Judge Brown Jackson will bring all of those qualities to the Supreme Court, along with her decades of experience in various aspects of our legal system including two different federal judgeships. She is an independent and ethical public servant who will bring to her new position as a Justice deep respect both for the rule of law and for the people impacted by her rulings. I support her nomination with complete enthusiasm and without reservation.”

The confirmation hearings are scheduled to begin on Monday, March 21 at 11 a.m. ET and are expected to last for four days.

Read more Penn Law reactions to the nomination of Brown Jackson.