NSRTC Celebrates Black History Month
The North Salem Republican Town Committee honors Black history month today featuring Justice Janice Rogers Brown.
Janice Rogers Brown was the daughter and granddaughter of sharecroppers in Alabama’s segregated south. She overcame that adversity and rose from poverty to put herself through college and UCLA Law school as a single mother.
Judge Brown furthered her career with stellar credentials with a myriad of impressive legal roles, to eventually become the first black woman associate Justice of the California Supreme Court.
In 2003, President Bush nominated Judge Janice Rogers Brown to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (which then Senator Biden filibustered). This very important court, considered 2nd to the The Supreme Court, is where many Supreme Court justices have been hailed from. Democrats derailed her nomination, and President Bush renominated her in 2005, where she was finally confirmed in to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (Biden voted no again).
Ironic fact. In these current events of Supreme Court Justice talks to replace Justice Stephen Breyer when he retires. At that pivotal time when George W. Bush was President, then Senator Joseph Biden warned President George W. Bush on “Face the Nation” after Justice Sandra Day O’Connor retired that he would filibuster and kill the outspoken conservative’s nomination if chosen. Justice Brown was on President Bush’s Supreme Court shortlist. Biden it seemed did not want the Republicans to have that accolade of nominating the first Black woman to the Supreme Court. Justice Rogers Brown may have been that nominee if Sen. Biden didn’t divert her nomination. Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. was eventually chosen for the Supreme Court, almost seventeen years ago. Justice Brown retired from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in 2017.
To learn more about Justice Brown’s impressive career and what she is doing post-retirement, please view at https://www.law.berkeley.edu/our-faculty/faculty-profiles/janice-rogers…
Also, read the transcripts of then Senator Biden’s views of her opposition on CBS News at https://www.cbsnews.com/htdocs/pdf/face_070305.pdf