Angelo Guisado ’08, a staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, watched Ketanji Brown Jackson become the newest Supreme Court Justice this month and thought about the impact of the moment. The first Black woman and public defender to reach the high court, Guisado says Justice Jackson is bringing a perspective to the Supreme Court that is long overdue. But, Guisado believes Americans need to drop the belief that the Supreme Court is not a political institution. He’d like to see an apolitical Supreme Court, as would Steve Kennedy ’88, a Clark professor and senior trial counsel for The Hartford insurance company.
As Jackson became the country’s newest justice, Kennedy, who leads Clark’s mock trial team, works to give students a sense of what it’s like to be in the courtroom.