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Ketanji Brown Jackson, U.S. district judge for the District of Columbia circuit nominee for U.S. President Joe Biden, speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Pool/Reuters/Bloomberg

A pair of judicial nominees’ experiences as federal public defenders played a starring role in the first Senate hearing for judges under the Biden administration.

U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the District of Columbia and Candace Jackson-Akiwumi, a partner with Zuckerman Spaeder, were both nominated by President Joe Biden last month for vacancies on federal appeals courts. Jackson-Akiwumi and Jackson during the hearing described how their time working as public defenders impacted their careers, and how they would set aside their personal views on the bench. 

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Jacqueline Thomsen

Jacqueline Thomsen, based in Washington, is a reporter covering D.C. federal courts and the legal side of politics. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @jacq_thomsen.

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