NLADA Celebrates the Historic SCOTUS Appointment of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

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Release Date: 
Thursday, April 7, 2022

NLADA Celebrates the Historic SCOTUS Appointment of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson


Washington – NLADA President and CEO April Frazier Camara released the following statement on the historic appointment of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court:

"Words cannot express the overwhelming joy I feel for all the Black women, public defenders and legal aid attorneys who have ever aspired to serve as a justice on the Supreme Court. We know that wealth and race, unfortunately, continue to decide outcomes in too many court cases. Judge Jackson’s professional experience is what is needed to help people who are caught in the intersection between poverty and the legal system."

The National Legal Aid & Defender Association is comprised of more than 20,000 public defenders, civil legal aid attorneys and clients. Judge Jackson’s background as a public defender is significant in large part because of the Supreme Court’s key role in reviewing the fairness of lower court decisions, which overwhelmingly impacts the communities that NLADA represents.

If you have any questions or would like to speak with NLADA President April Frazier Camara contact, Rabiah Burks at [email protected].


The National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA), founded in 1911, is America’s oldest and largest nonprofit association devoted to excellence in the delivery of legal services to those who cannot afford counsel. NLADA has pioneered access to justice at the national, state, and local levels, playing a leadership role in the creation of public defender systems and other important institutions from The Sentencing Project to the Legal Services Corporation. A leader in the development of national standards for civil legal aid and public defense, NLADA also provides advocacy, training, and technical assistance for equal justice advocates across the country.