President Biden confirmed Friday, February 25th that US Circuit Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is his nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, effective later this year. The 51-year-old Jackson was confirmed by the Senate in June as a judge on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals and would be the first black woman to sit on the Supreme Court if confirmed. Black Westchester invited Solange Bitol Hansen, Esq., and Tamika A. Coverdale Esq., a couple of great local legal minds to have a conversation with AJ Woodson and Robert ‘Dr. Bob’ Baskerville on the historic nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. The conversation really flowed around all of the aspects of our lives that are impacted by her nomination and hopeful ascent to the US Supreme Court. Everything from our ability to wear our hair naturally, learn our history and tell of our family’s journey without fear, dilution or outright lies, what our children are allowed to learn and just how far states can go in restricting teachers from teaching.
Our panelists for the evening. Solange Estelle Bitol Hansen, Esq., an attorney serving Pelham, NY. She has served as legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on first amendment/free speech issues, legislative counsel for the Washington National Office of NAACP. She is currently the NYC Regional Development Director for Brown University. And Tamika A Coverdale, Esq a highly respected practicing attorney in Westchester County as well as the neighboring 5 boroughs. She is a Criminal Defense lawyer with over 22 years of experience who has served as the Legal Aid Society of Westchester DE Officer & Senior Trial Counsel.