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LA Black Law Students Are Watching How Ketanji Brown Jackson Has Been Treated In Senate Hearings

Ketanji Brown Jackson, a nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, begins to sit at a chair in a wodd-paneled room. She wears a black blouse and a blue blazer.
U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson arrives for the third day of her confirmation hearing earlier this week.
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The grueling Senate confirmation hearings of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson are over.

If confirmed, Jackson would be the first Black woman to serve on the high court.

For some Black law students in the Los Angeles area, following the process has been both uplifting and upsetting.

Rachel Jacobs, a third-year student at Loyola Law School and a member of the Black Law Students Association, says she's followed the confirmation hearings pretty closely.

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"Probably too close for the sake of my sanity and some of the ridiculous questions that they've been asking her," Jacobs said.

Like: Questions about critical race theory; and about an article she wrote in law school about sex offender registration.

"I just think they're fishing for things to try to diminish her impeccable record," Jacobs said.

Iasia Beh is president of the Black Law Students Association at Pepperdine. She said it's exciting to see someone who looks like her nominated for what she considers the most important branch of government.

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Plus, she added, "Her background as a public defender, I think is very, very necessary in the next coming years."

The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on Jackson's confirmation on April 4. A full senate vote will follow.

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