Ketanji Brown Jackson was nominated yesterday by President Obama to the U.S. Sentencing Commission. She was the seond black woman named to the panel, after Helen Corrothers. Obama said she would be “an unwavering voice for justice and fairness.”
Jackson, 38, is at the Morrison & Foerster law firm in Washington, D.C. She was a public defender in the capital from 2005 to 2007. Jackson worked as a special counsel at the sentencing commission from 2003 to 2005. She is a graduate ofHarvard College and Harvard Law School and was a clerk to Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, himself a former member of the sentencing panel.