Jackson told the Washington Post, “Everybody who is familiar with the court and the way in which it works was shocked by that.” She added on Monday (May 16), “Such a departure from normal order."
Set to be the first Black woman to serve as a Supreme Court Justice, Jackson declined to answer whether the draft opinion leak was "a good thing or a bad thing." The former federal public defender also didn't respond when asked about the peaceful protests occurring outside of justices' homes.
Earlier this month, a Supreme Court draft opinion intending to overturn Roe V. Wade leaked from an unknown source. With the landmark case protecting abortion rights in danger, protests were sparked across the nation.
Jackson, who will take Justice Stephen Breyer's seat this summer, said she feels the pressure of representing something much bigger than herself.
“It’s not about me personally, in a sense. I’m embodying this progress that many people feel we’re making by having me appointed to this seat. And so it’s pretty daunting in a lot of ways,” Jackson said.
“I know in the past I’ve felt, ‘Gosh, I’ve really got to do well here so that other people will have this opportunity down the line,’” the confirmed SCOTUS justice added. “That I might be the first, but I don’t want to be the last, and it’s on my shoulders to make sure that I leave a good impression so that others can follow.”