The National Bar Association Recommends the President Consider Nominating Judge J. Michelle Childs or Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to Fill Supreme Court Vacancy


(WASHINGTON, DC) – The Board of Directors of the National Bar Association, chaired by NBA President Carlos E. Moore, recommends the White House consider Judge J. Michelle Childs and Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as candidates to fill the vacant United States Supreme Court Justice seat made available by Justice Stephen Breyer’s recent retirement.

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

Judges are role models to other lawyers, and the community members that appear before them. Citizens, particularly our young people of color, need to see that they have a chance to be nominated to sit on the esteemed bench. There are many areas in America where the bench is wholly unreflective of the area’s population.

Diversity matters. As stated by Judge Carlton Reeves, “When our courts are diverse they better understand the complexities of the American experience embedded in every case before them.” Diverse courts reinforce public trust in the judicial system. In the words of Judge Bernice Donald, “A one-dimensional court cannot grasp the many dimensions of American life.”

“Both Judge Childs and Judge Jackson are extraordinary jurists, who have shattered barriers at every level of their legal careers. As a father, I want my daughter to have the opportunity to see herself mirrored on the bench of this nation’s highest court, and am elated that we have the chance to witness that history.” – President Carlos E. Moore

Accomplished, qualified, and impartial, either of these remarkable women of color would be an exceptional choice for our nation’s highest court, and the National Bar Association recommends them without reservation.



The National Bar Association was founded in 1925 and is the nation’s oldest and largest national network of predominantly African-American attorneys and judges. It represents the interests of more than 65,000 lawyers, judges, law professors and law students. The NBA is organized around 23 substantive law sections, 9 divisions, 12 regions and 84 affiliate chapters throughout the United States and around the world. For more information, visit:

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