ALI Council
Elected Member

The Hon. Ketanji Brown Jackson

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Washington, DC
Education
Harvard College
Harvard Law School

Ketanji Brown Jackson has served on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia since March 2013. Until December 2014, she also was also a Vice Chair and Commissioner on the U.S. Sentencing Commission. Prior to serving on the Commission, Judge Jackson worked at Morrison & Foerster LLP, with a practice that focused on criminal and civil appellate litigation in state and federal courts, and 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, she was an assistant special counsel at the U.S. Sentencing Commission and an associate with two law firms.

Judge Jackson was a law clerk to three federal judges: Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer of the Supreme Court of the United States, Judge Bruce M. Selya of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and Judge Patti B. Saris of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Elected to the ALI in 2012, she serves on the Members Consultative Group (MCG) for the Model Penal Code: Sentencing, project.

EDUCATION: Harvard University, B.A.; Harvard Law School, J.D.

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Areas of Expertise
Criminal Law
Sentencing (Criminal Law)