Ketanji Brown Jackson is officially the newest Supreme Court justice, taking her oaths at a swearing in ceremony Thursday.
Justice Jackson is now the first Black woman on the high court.
Jackson was sworn in a few minutes after noon, which was when the retirement of her predecessor, Justice Stephen Breyer, became effective. Breyer himself helped lead the ceremony, which took place in the court’s West Conference Room. Breyer administered the judicial oath, and Chief Justice John Roberts administered the constitutional oath, both of which are required for all justices. Jackson's husband Patrick Jackson and their two daughters were in attendance.
"Now, on behalf of all the members of the court, I’m pleased to welcome Justice Jackson to the court and to our common calling," Roberts said upon completion of the ceremony. Roberts announced that a formal investiture ceremony – a customary special sitting of the Supreme Court – will occur in the fall.