Ketanji Brown Jackson to sit on UNC race-based admission case

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FILE - Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, who is a U.S. Circuit Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, poses for a portrait, Feb., 18, 2022, at the court in Washington. The first Black woman confirmed for the Supreme Court, Jackson, is officially becoming a justice. Jackson will be sworn as the court’s 116th justice at midday Thursday, June 30, just as the man she is replacing, Justice Stephen Breyer, retires. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
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Last month, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson made history when she was sworn in as a U.S. Supreme Court justice. She was the first Black woman to join the nation’s highest court. Now, Jackson will sit on a University of North Carolina case involving race-based college admissions.

Looking ahead to the high court’s next term, which starts in October 2022, the justices are expected to hear two affirmative action cases on the docket. They challenge the use of race in admissions at both public and private universities. Jackson will not sit on the Harvard case because she was a member of the school’s board but will take part in the University of North Carolina case.

The cases could decide the future of affirmative action. Jackson joining the University of North Carolina case will likely not impact the ruling, considering the 6-3 conservative majority.

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