The Senate has confirmed Ketanji Jackson to become a judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, filling the only open spot on the court.
Jackson, the vice chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission who was nominated for the bench in September, had bipartisan support and no opposition at her confirmation hearing last year. The Senate confirmed her and two other judges with a voice vote late on March 22.
She will fill the seat vacated by now-retired U.S. District Judge Henry Kennedy Jr. Before her appointment to the sentencing commission, Jackson was of counsel at Morrison & Foerster, where she practiced in criminal and civil appellate litigation at the state, federal and Supreme Court levles. She served as a federal public defender from 2005 to 2007 and as an assistant special counsel to the sentencing commission from 2003 to 2005.