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The significance and impact of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s appointment to U.S. Supreme Court

South Texas College of Law professors weigh in on what might be the lasting significance and impact for the country, for the courts, and for representation.



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There’s no doubt that Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is aware of the progress she represents in her journey to the Supreme Court. But what does this mean for the rest of America’s judicial system?

There are some who still have comments and questions about what her appointment means for the highest court in the land.

With the issues that the Republican Senators kept bringing up at the hearings, were they just giving political theatre? Most of us need help in further understanding these issues.

And when it comes to understanding how the justices work together and how decisions are reached, it’s important to also understand the impact on this process each new justice holds.

Today, legal experts – including a Houston professor who was Judge Jackson's classmate at Harvard Law School – join us to discuss the significance of Jackson’s appointment and to field listeners’ calls.


Charles "Rocky" Rhodes

  • Professor of Law and the Charles Weigel II Research Professor of State and Federal Constitutional Law at South Texas College of Law Houston

Njeri Mathis Rutledge

  • Professor of Law at South Texas College of Law Houston
  • Author and Opinion Columnist for USA Today

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