Karin Norington-Reaves Supports Nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson (Chicago, IL) — Norington-Reaves Calls on Senate to Immediately Advise and Consent Upon news that President Biden intends to nominate Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the D.C. Court of Appeals to the Supreme Court, candidate for Congress Karin Norington-Reaves issued a statement of support and called on the Senate to immediately advise and consent to Brown Jackson’s nomination.
“I am elated to see President Biden keeping his promise to nominate a Black woman to the Supreme Court, a milestone that is long overdue,” said Norington-Reaves. “Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s expertise and legal pedigree are among the most sterling of any nominee to the court in its history, and I call on the Senate to immediately advise and consent to Judge Jackson’s nomination.”
Further, Norington-Reaves wrote an op-ed reflecting on her journey as an African American woman in law – the only female attorney in this race – and what it means to her to see another African American woman nominated to our nation’s highest court. The full op-ed can be found here.
“Today, young Black women will see it is possible for them to reach the highest court in the land – the ultimate achievement for a jurist,” wrote Norington-Reaves. “And like many of us Black female lawyers and those who came before us, solely because Judge Jackson is a Black woman, there will be those who question her qualifications, which are more than sterling, and beyond what others in her position have had even in recent years. (Indeed the insults began before her name was even announced)… Make no mistake: her perspective, her identity as a Black woman is in itself a qualification.”
Since its founding in 1789, over its 233-year history, the Supreme Court has had a total of 115 judges; only two have been Black men, five have been women. It is time for a Black woman. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is eminently qualified, experienced, and ready to serve.
About Karin Norington-Reaves:
Karin Norington-Reaves is a public servant and change agent with 30 years of experience in job creation, education, advocacy, and community development. A third-generation Chicagoan, Karin is the daughter of an Air Force veteran and sheet metal worker father and an entrepreneur and business coach mother. From an early age, she watched her mother advocate for, mentor, and serve others.
For the past decade, Karin has been the CEO of the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, the nation’s most extensive and effective publicly-funded workforce development system. Under her leadership since it began in 2012, The Partnership has focused on connecting people to careers, and businesses to high-quality talent, impacting Chicagoland’s neighborhoods and business communities.
Among Karin’s leadership accomplishments in the past decade are the roughly 100,000 people placed into long-lasting careers, and her management of half a billion dollars of economic investments in job training and placement and business development. Karin recognizes and amplifies the unique, untapped potential of individuals and Chicagoland communities through job placement and occupational training, and has collaborated with more than 2,000 businesses to create jobs in underserved neighborhoods. She is a catalyst for change and leads by serving others, advocating for equity in all economic opportunities in every space she sits in.
Karin has also fought for youth and families as a litigator, advocate, non-profit leader, and adjunct law professor, working in the fields of mental health law, community and workforce development, education, and public utility consumer protection. Of all her roles Karin considers “Mama” her most noteworthy title. Karin and her crew — Alex, Rachelle, and two dogs — live in Chatham.
Karin Norington-Reaves Supports Nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson