Los Angeles Times: Nicholas Goldberg: Another thing that makes Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination special
This excerpt is from a piece that originally ran on March 7, 2022.
According to the Alliance for Justice, before Joe Biden took office, only three of the 166 judges sitting on the federal courts of appeals had spent the majority of their careers as lawyers working as state or federal public defenders.
Of course, not all former prosecutors are tough-on-crime conservatives, and not all defense lawyers or public defenders are liberal softies. But a judge’s life experience is relevant to how he or she views the world and thinks about the law.