FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 23, 2022
Sarah Garfinkel, West End Strategy Team; 202-765-4290
WASHINGTON – Today, as the Senate Judiciary Committee reconvened and voted to move forward with President Biden’s Supreme Court justice pick, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) CEO Sheila Katz issued the following statement:
“It is unfortunate that Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA), who previously voted to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson less than a year ago have chosen to make this confirmation process partisan by voting against her today. Nevertheless, today is a celebration of Judge Jackson, not only because of her impeccable qualifications but for all of us who will benefit from her wisdom and commitment to ensuring equal access to justice. National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is committed to ensuring Judge Jackson swiftly becomes Justice Jackson and we look forward to celebrating her full Senate vote and a Supreme Court that is one step closer to reflecting the diversity of our country.
“Further, we are thrilled the committee voted to move forward the nominations of Judge Stephanie Dawkins Davis to the Sixth Circuit and Arianna Freeman to the Third Circuit. If confirmed, Judge Davis would be the first Black woman from Michigan to serve on the Sixth Circuit and only the second Black woman ever to serve on the Sixth Circuit, and Arianna Freeman would be the first Black woman and the first woman of color to serve on the Third Circuit, as well as the third active woman on the bench.
“NCJW looks forward to working with the Senate to swiftly confirm not only Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, but Judge Stephanie Dawkins Davis and Arianna Freeman to the circuit courts.”
National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of 200,000 volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. Through a program of education, community service, and advocacy, our advocates across the country create lasting social change on our key issues of the federal courts; reproductive health, rights, and justice, and voter engagement. More information on Facebook and on Twitter at @NCJW.