Greenville attorney shares reaction to confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

WYFF, Carlos Flores

GREENVILLE, S.C. — It was a moment frozen in time.

History, being made for an entire generation as Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson was officially confirmed on Thursday.

She will now become the first Black woman to be confirmed to the Supreme Court after a 53-to-47 Senate vote.

Reaction to the news has continued to pour in from across the nation and closer to home.

One of the people watching was Greenville attorney Meliah Bowers Jefferson.

Greenville Attorney Shares Reaction To Confirmation Of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

“It definitely is a historical moment,” Jefferson said. “Something that means a lot to not just me, but a lot people around the country and around the world,” said Jefferson.”

A graduate of the University of the South Carolina Law School, Jefferson also clerked for Justice Jean Toal on the South Carolina Supreme Court and Federal Judge Michelle Childs.

She said with Jackson being confirmed, progress is being made.

“Progress is sometimes slow but every time we have an opportunity to view that progress it is an additional chance to believe that this country is moving forward,” Jefferson said.

More importantly, she believed the fact the confirmation was bipartisan made a huge difference.

“The appearance of impartiality is really important to the confidence that people believe in our courts,” Jefferson said.

She added this will change the way the law field will look going forward, but emphasized how this will impact hundreds and millions of little girls trying to follow their dream.

As she put it, you cant be, what you cannot see.

“You don’t have to be the first, you can be the future and what is important is that you know that here in America there is a promise of the opportunity to be whatever is you want to be,” Jefferson said.

Jackson will officially take the bench on the first day of the court’s new term Oct. 3.

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Wyche is a full-service law firm that has practiced law and served the community for 100 years. In that time, Wyche has participated in landmark litigation, served as counsel on cutting-edge transactions, and provided community leadership that has helped shape and drive our region’s growth and success. With offices in Greenville, Spartanburg, and Columbia, Wyche is the South Carolina member of Lex Mundi, the world’s leading association of independent law firms.

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