Decide Ketanji Brown Jackson, President Biden’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Courtroom, stated she wouldn’t hear the Harvard College affirmative motion case within the fall if she is confirmed.
Talking at her Senate affirmation listening to, Decide Jackson positioned her determination within the context of previous selections. In 2018, she recused herself from a swimsuit by a Harvard librarian towards the Environmental Safety Company as a result of “I used to be a member of the board of the college that employed the plaintiff.”
Jackson at present serves on Harvard’s Board of Overseers, however her time period on the board expires this yr. She instructed the Senate that in that swimsuit, “I made up my mind that my impartiality may moderately be questioned and that this subject was incurable.”
Her recusal is a blow to Harvard (and the College of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which has a case that the Supreme Courtroom justices have joined with Harvard’s). That would go away solely two justices on the court docket (Justice Elena Kagan and Justice Sonia Sotomayor) as presumed votes in favor of affirmative motion.