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July 23, 2009

President Obama makes first appointment to US Sentencing Commission

As this official press release from the White House, President Obama has made his first nomination to U.S. Sentencing Commission. Here are all the details from the press release:

President Obama today nominated Ketanji Brown Jackson to be a member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission.

"Ms. Jackson has established herself as both a top-flight attorney and a dedicated public servant," President Obama said. "I am grateful for her willingness to serve and confident that she will be an unwavering voice for justice and fairness on the Sentencing Commission."

Ketanji Brown Jackson, Nominee for Member of U.S. Sentencing Commission: Ketanji Brown Jackson, 38, is Of Counsel at Morrison & Foerster, LLP in Washington, D.C., where she has worked since 2007. From 2005 to 2007, she was an Assistant Federal Public Defender in the District of Columbia. From 2003 to 2005, Ms. Jackson served as Assistant Special Counsel to the U.S. Sentencing Commission. From 1998 to 1999 and 2000 to 2003, Ms. Jackson was in private practice. Ms. Jackson served as law clerk to the Honorable Patti B. Saris (U.S. District Court of Massachusetts), the Honorable Bruce M. Selya (U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit), and the Honorable Stephen G. Breyer (U.S. Supreme Court). Ms. Jackson graduated from Harvard College (1992) and Harvard Law School (1996).

I had heard some buzzing about this nomination being in the works, and I am glad to now see it is a reality.  I hope that the Senate confirmation process moves swiftly so that I can soon refer to Ketanji Brown Jackson as Commissioner Jackson.

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She was a trial attorney in the post-Booker era... that will help.

Posted by: CN | Jul 23, 2009 5:44:54 PM

Harvard is a Hate America indoctrination camp. I know of no grad that can even stomach this country as it is. It is basically an extremist hate group, like the Klan. This will obviously be a criminal lover who will argue and vote to loose thousands of vicious predators, herded into minority areas, as she lives in a crime free lawyer neighborhood. Why? To generate the rent.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Jul 23, 2009 6:46:44 PM

Uno: a "trial" attorney in a federal setting is an oxymoron.
Due: Supremacy Claus needs to detox his system of all the prescription and non-prescription meds. It should take a few years.

Posted by: FluffyRoss | Jul 23, 2009 7:15:26 PM

Trial attorney = sentencing attorney. My point exactly.

Posted by: CN | Jul 23, 2009 7:25:31 PM

FluffyRoss needs to start loving this country or emigrate to Venezuela.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Jul 23, 2009 8:32:29 PM

SC needs Argentina a lot more than Ross needs Venezuela. Right, Governor?

Posted by: Matt | Jul 23, 2009 10:18:08 PM

She clerked for Justice Breyer. I hope that she doesnt think like Breyer on Apprendi issues in sentencing.

Posted by: mbp | Jul 24, 2009 9:41:06 AM

Firm Bio here:

She seems like a good pick.

Posted by: anonymous | Jul 24, 2009 10:10:52 AM

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