B.A., Harvard University; J.D. Harvard Law School
Ketanji Brown Jackson is a Vice Chair and Commissioner on the United
States Sentencing Commission, an independent agency of the federal judiciary that is tasked with the responsibility of establishing criminal sentencing policy for the federal courts. President Obama nominated Jackson to this position in 2009 and the Senate confirmed her on February 11, 2010. Prior to serving on the Commission, Jackson worked for three years as Of Counsel at Morrison & Foerster LLP, with a practice that focused on criminal and civil appellate litigation in both state and federal courts, as well as cases in the Supreme Court of the United States.
From 2005 until 2007, prior to joining Morrison & Foerster LLP, Jackson served as an assistant federal public defender in the Appeals Division of the Office of the Federal Public Defender in the District of Columbia. Before that appointment, she worked as an assistant special counsel at the United States Sentencing Commission and as an associate with two law firms, one specializing in white-collar criminal defense, the other focusing on the negotiated settlement of mass-tort claims. She also served as a law clerk to three federal judges: Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer of the Supreme Court of the United States (October Term 1999), Judge Bruce M. Selya of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (1997-1998), and Judge Patti B. Saris of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts (1996-1997).