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Jackson indicates she would recuse herself in challenge to Harvard's race-conscious admissions

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U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson indicated Wednesday that she would recuse herself in a challenge to Harvard University’s race-conscious admissions policies before the high court.

Jackson responded when Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas asked Jackson whether she planned to recuse in the case, if she is confirmed. Cruz was questioning Jackson during her confirmation hearing.

“That is my plan, senator,” Jackson responded.

She answered after Cruz expressed his opinion that he thinks Harvard’s policy is egregious.

Jackson is a member of Harvard’s Board of Overseers, which counsels university leadership on “priorities, plans and strategic initiatives.”

Read our coverage of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s U.S. Supreme Court nomination hearing here.

Jackson also served as an alumni association director, as a member of the Harvard Club of D.C and as a member of the Harvard Black Alumni Society. She also taught a Harvard Law School workshop.

The Supreme Court is considering the admissions policies at Harvard and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The group challenging the policies, Students for Fair Admissions, is seeking to overrule Grutter v. Bollinger, a 2003 Supreme Court decision that held that colleges and universities may use race as one factor in admissions decisions.

See also: “1st Circuit upholds Harvard’s use of race in admissions; group will seek SCOTUS review” “Supreme Court upholds affirmative action program at University of Texas”

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